‘I’ve never seen anything like this’: As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, residents empty store shelves and make other preparations

A Florida Costco shopper on August 30, 2019.

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A Florida Costco shopper on August 30, 2019.
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Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 4 storm as it approaches the US coast.

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A satellite handout image of Hurricane Dorian on August 31, 2019.
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The path of the hurricane has been especially hard to predict, thanks to various weather patterns over Caribbean waters.

Read more: A cocktail of weird Caribbean weather is making Hurricane Dorian’s path especially hard to predict


Dorian is no longer expected to make landfall in Florida, but the state’s governor Ron DeSantis said in a briefing Saturday that “there’s a pretty high degree of certainty that this is going to be a major hurricane, Category 4, potentially even Category 4-plus.”

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DeSantis gives a briefing regarding Hurricane Dorian on August 29, 2019.
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The governor declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, when the hurricane was expected to make landfall in Florida, and advised residents to stockpile food, water, and medicine.

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Shoppers wait in line for a Sam’s Club Kissimmee, Florida, U.S. August 30, 2019.
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Read more: Stores in Florida are running out of water and dealing with massive lines as locals stockpile ahead of Hurricane Dorian


“Every Florida resident should have seven days of supplies, including food, water, and medicine, and should have a plan in case of disaster,” DeSantis said in the briefing.

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A Florida Costco shopper on August 30, 2019.
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Residents have clamored to local Costco, Publix, and other chain stores to stock up on supplies.

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Shoppers on August 30, 2019 in Florida.
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As a result, stores in Florida are running out of water, and shelves sit empty as reported by local news channel CBS4 Miami.

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A Florida Costco employee on August 30, 2019.
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“I’ve never seen anything like this,” one shopper told CBS4 Miami.

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A shopper in a Walmart store on August 30, 2019 in Boynton Beach, Florida.
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Another shopper told the AP that a store employee didn’t know if or when a restock would be happening before the hurricane’s arrival.

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Residents at a Wal-Mart on August 29, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.
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Local gas stations are also seeing long lines as residents take to their cars ahead of the storm’s arrival.

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People line up to fill up their car with gas at a Shell station in West Miami on August 30, 2019.
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There’s now a gas shortage, and the governor said in a briefing Saturday that a plan is in place to divert supplies from neighboring states to Florida to compensate.

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A ‘No Gas’ sign is seen on a gas pump at a station after it ran out of gas as people get fuel before the arrival of Hurricane Dorian on August 30, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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The governor also said the Florida Highway Patrol is escorting the fuel trucks being sent to resupply gas stations to help with the crowds.

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Residents wait in line to get gas in preparation for Hurricane Dorian on August 29, 2019 in Winter Springs, Florida.
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Residents are also collecting sandbags to prevent as much water damage in their homes and businesses as possible.

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Two women carry sandbags into a car in West Miami on August 30, 2019.
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Local prisoners were even enlisted to help package bags of sand for residents.


And local businesses are boarding up windows to protect against heavy winds.

Read more: Hurricane Dorian could hit Florida as a Category 4 storm. Here are the 14 most important ways to prepare for a hurricane.


Some businesses look altogether closed ahead of the storm’s arrival.


Others are catering to shoppers in need of hurricane supplies.

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A surf shop on August 30, 2019 in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
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Some Florida businesses are operating as usual, like the Beacon Light Barber and Salon in Pompano Beach, Florida.

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Customers at the Beacon Light Barber and Salon on August 31, 2019.
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And surfers were even spotted taking advantage of the rough waters as they wait for the storm to hit.

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Surfers enjoy the waves on August 31, 2019 in Boynton Beach, Florida.
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