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Winter weather sends many in search of supplies

With winter weather expected in the Midlands, many are in search of generators, firewood, propane, and even sleds.

CHAPIN, S.C. — With winter weather expected this weekend, many are getting ready for a weekend indoors. 

Boland's Ace Hardware in Chapin says they're seeing people come from all over the Midlands to stock up on supplies, getting propane refills, in particular.

Leigh Anne Whitticar who works at Boland’s says items have been flying off the shelves. 

“Everybody is hoping it snows, don’t want no ice," Whitticar said. Hand warmers, feet warmers, propane, lanterns, batteries and flashlights are the most sought after items.

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Whitticar says in her 26 years working at the hardware store, she only remembers two other instances people were this concerned.

“We have gone through almost 6,000 gallons of propane in three days,” Whitticar said. She says customers' greatest worry is losing power, “Trying to make sure they’ve got things in case the power goes out.”

Whitticar says snow sleds are even selling out. “If we do get snow, they do want to make sure they have snow sleds.”

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Meanwhile, shopper Leigh Anne Hansell says she and her family plan to stay in this weekend. 

“A few extra snacks, because we’re not going to go out because of one COVID and two ice," said Hansell. “I have the next three days off and already planned to be inside, so know we will be safe.”

Shopper Robert Gardiner, on the other hand, says he isn’t concerned. “To be honest with you, I am not worried about it," said Gardiner. “I am not really going out of my way to prepare.”