Long Lines Form At Walmart As Hurricane Irma Closes In

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Michael Bastasch Energy Editor

Floridians are rushing to grocery stores and gas stations to get enough food and supplies to wait out Hurricane Irma, which could take out power and drinking water for days, if not weeks.

The Category 5 storm made landfall on the Caribbean island of Barbuda Wednesday morning, bringing high winds and flooding. The record-breaking storm has continued to move westward, closing in on the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have issued emergency declarations, and mandatory evacuations have been ordered in some Florida counties. Hurricanes can bring flooding and damaging winds, which can take down power lines and backup sewers. Past storms have left residents without power for long periods of time.

With a massive storm closing in, Florida residents are wasting no time getting as many supplies as they can before Irma hits. Long lines are forming at grocery stores, according to an Orlando-based blogger who posted photos on Twitter.

Miami residents are also forming long gas station lines to fill up their tanks before the storm hits.

A Fort Lauderdale Home Depot was nearly sold out of plywood, according to Weather Channel correspondent Justin Michaels.

A Treasure Coast, Florida-based Marine biologist tweeted that her local grocery has run out of bananas.

If current projections hold, Irma could hit Florida by Saturday.

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