In 2012, Arthur Yancey, a specialist at Lowe’s in Homewood, remembers people from New Jersey acquiring home generators from the Lakeshore location for Hurricane Sandy.
Five years later, while Birmingham awaits a downgraded tropical storm Irma to arrive, less than a handful of generators remain in stock at all Lowes stores throughout Alabama.
For example, for Lowe’s most expensive generator they stock, there is only one generator available for the entire state.
“If you are going to need one it’s too late,” stated Yancey.
Additional inventory for other emergency supplies were more hit and miss. At the Lowe’s Homewood store the large gas cans were sold out, while at the Bessemer store, they had 200 cans in stock. The Homewood store had plenty of water stocked, batteries and flashlights. It is recommended you call your local store to check on inventory before you venture out.
Need an emergency supplies checklist? Visit Ready Alabama to learn how to “build” a kit and be prepared.
Latest on Irma in Alabama
The U.S. National Weather Service in Birmingham still has Eastern Alabama under a Tropical Storm Warning as of 2:35am today. As you can see on the map, Jefferson and Shelby counties are still under a Tropical Storm Watch.
One of the biggest concerns with the upcoming storm are peak “wind gusts.” The NWS map below provides us an idea what to expect.
For a good statewide perspective on Tropical Storm Irma in Alabama, visit and bookmark the Raycom weather (this is the joint effort by Raycom television stations from WBRC Fox 6 and Montgomery & Huntsville stations) First Alert Update. The latest posting is by Fox 6’s Mickey Ferguson.
As reported by Bham Now last night, most area schools are closed today. Make sure to check the local listings. Several school systems only cancelled school for Monday.
Back to normal
According to various weather reports, by Wednesday and Thursday the weather will improve significantly. By the weekend, it looks like we’ll have 0% chance for rain and sunshine.
By then you seek out that new home generator you needed earlier this week.
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