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Shoppers prepare for Winter weather

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The return of Winter weather meant a rush to the store for thousands in our area. Employees hustled to take care of customers.

"We were both sort of like 3,2,1 Go! Because we figured it would just be crazy."

A similar scene at grocery stores everywhere , people grabbing milk, loaves of bread, and comfort food.

Sara Glassman says, "Just in case we get stuck at home again, I was stuck for 3 days the last time. I have decided to make Chicken Tikka Masala, which I am avoiding stereo typical milk and bread"

From the Piggly Wiggly in Homewood, to the Food Giant in Center Point, to the Fresh Value Marketplace in Trussville..

Shoppers shared the same idea. Jaqueline Smith says, "I don't  want to be caught like we was the last time, we might be stuck in house 2 or 3 days, want to make sure we got enough stuff."

Some made several stops.

Melissa Smith says, "Everything was about gone, we tried to get what we can, we've been to 2 or 3 different stores to stock up on everything, cause we don't know what it's going to be like tomorrow or the next day."

And for that reason.. folks waited in long lines. One shopper said, "They're unbelievable, but everybody has to eat."

Along with food, people also planned ahead on keeping warm should they lose electricity.

Jim Wahl says, "Went down to put the kerosene heater on and noticed I'm getting low, so I better get some more, so I made some calls and everybody's out."

But, Wahl and others were lucky. A shipment of kerosene came in to ace hardware on Chalkville road Monday evening. The store also sold out of electric heaters, propane and ice melt.

"I figured everybody would be out at the last minute."

But employees worked quickly to meet those needs, so people will be prepared. One customer said, "I think it's important to be stocked up."

In Trussville, Mayor Gene Melton says the city is prepared. Sand trucks, police and fire crews are standing by and Trussville City Schools will be closed Tuesday.

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