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Emergency Supplies Expected to Fly off Shelves

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- People across Delmarva are not wasting any time preparing for Hurricane Joaquin. Local store managers expect business to pick up over the coming days.

Fierce waves came crashing against the seawall in the Ocean City Inlet on Thursday morning, as heavy wind and rain stuck around for hours.

Conditions were rough, but nothing compared to what we could see if Hurricane Joaquin makes landfall.

Barbara Hlavac is manager at ACE Hardware, located on  68th Street, in the resort town. Hlavac said she and her staff moved duct tape, flashlights, batteries, even their generators to the front of the store to make emergency supplies easily accessible.

"We've been through a lot of storms, so we're always prepared to get supplies in for everybody," Hlavac said.

Also, at the front the store was a hurricane map that managers update with Joaquin's developments from the National Weather Service. A wave of customers are expected to stop in as the storm progresses.

"Sometimes at the last minute everyone is coming in to get everything like batteries, tarps or bungee cords," Hlavac said.

James Chamberlin of Pittsville works in OC. He stopped by to pick up some items. He said he has been preparing for the storm for days.

"We work in a high-rise building, where there is a lot of exterior furniture," Chamberlin said. "There is a lot of debris that could be floating around."

Hlavac said the store is fully stocked and more generators are on the way. 

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