Possible hurricane triggers mixed reactions on preparation

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Step through the doors of the West Ashley Home Depot and you'll find a display dedicated to getting people hurricane ready.

"There's been a lot of people coming in today looking, they're beginning to think," said Philip Northrop of Home Depot. "And some of the stuff we don't have a lot of people are starting to buy up."

Generators flew off store shelves Monday, but not everyone is flying into action just yet..

Rachel Boggess begins a new school year at the College of Charleston Tuesday. However the prospect of enduring her first hurricane failed to put a damper on her spirits.

"I don't think it will be like that big of deal," said Boggess. "It will just rain and help cool it down, it's so hot."

Jennifer Brown of West Ashley has two children and is more than seven months pregnant.

Word of Hurricane Irene sent her stocking up on peanut butter and jelly for her family and getting plans in place with her doctor in the event she should go into labor.

"If Irene gets anywhere close to shore they would like me to come into the hospital just to make sure," said Brown. "We'll be nice and prepared, in the hospital we'll be all bunkered down."

For those of us who plan on staying put, there are some essentials to have handy.

"We tell them batteries, flashlight, and propane if you have a grill," said Northrop.

According to Bob Hogan, a native of Charleston, if you are told to evacuate, do it.

"If they say it's time to leave and it's coming right at us, pack your stuff up and get out," said Hogan.

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