Stores busy with customers seeking essentials as winter storm approached

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BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) – In the town of Hope, they hope they’re ready.

While the potential track and intensity of a winter storm is still being studied, it’s a safe bet the area will face some challenges when it comes to travel.

“I’ve got the ice melter already at home, I prepared early,” said Heather Smith, a hardware store manager.

Speaking of ice melt, they had to restock at Major’s TruValu.

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“They just want to prepared. If it gets as bad as everybody says they just want to prepare and have everything they need,” said store manager Heather Smith, pointing to their supply of shovels, toboggans and sleds.

Pastor Ed Cottrell has heard the forecast, so he was buying oil for the snow blower.

“We’re in the line for 4-6 (inches of snow) down here,” he said. “If it gets real wet, it ain’t gonna handle it, it’s going to go back to the shovel.”

What was falling Thursday evening as wind-pushed rain is forecast to turn to freezing rain overnight.

Rhonda Brown, headed into a Dollar General with her daughter, suggested people plan to avoid the roads and stay home. She was picking up the necessities, “milk, bread and eggs, stuff like that.”

There was another important item on Brown’s list.

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“My mom is dying of cancer in her lung so I come down here to get her pudding because she likes to take it when she takes her medicine.”

On Hope’s town square, it was a busy evening inside Swiss Maid Country Market.

“Bread, deli, cheese and meat,” aisles were particularly crowded, said store owner Larry Amstutz. Deli customer Jerrika Miller said she was picking up items for work and things for the weekend, “just in case it gets worse.”

Back at the Dollar General, another customer was planning for the worst.

“Getting some food and some candles in case the power goes out,” she said.

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