MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Just as quickly as stores can put hurricane supplies on the shelves, those items are being bought by customers looking to prepare ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
James Cannon, assistant store manager of the Lowe's Hardware located on Seaboard Street in Myrtle Beach, said a shipment of 48 generators was sold out within hours on Wednesday.
Cannon said corporate has an emergency center set up that is prepared to ship hurricane essentials to the stores in the area.
"We're going to be splitting a truck with another store of ours in the area," he said. "That's going to have your basic supplies - gas cans, chainsaws, batteries, clean-up materials, sand bags."
The Home Depot near Coastal Grand Mall received a truck load of generators Wednesday morning, and they sold quickly.
Store manager Margie Hapeman said they too have an emergency command post that is ready to ship hurricane essentials as soon as they are needed.
"As they call us and say, 'Are you ready for another shipment?' we say, 'Yes,' and they send us another one," she said.
Hapeman added bags of sand were in high demand and a truck arrived Wednesday morning.
"This is play sand, a plastic bag with sand in it," said Hapeman. "A lot of folks are looking for sandbags that you fill with sand. We don't have those currently; we sold out of those pretty quickly."
Hapeman said they were stocked with about 13 pallets for bags of sand.
Officials at both stores said water, batteries, flashlights, plywood, coolers and other essentials are expected to arrive Wednesday into Thursday ahead of the storm.
"They are trying to keep replenishing us right up until the day that Matthew gets here," Hapeman said. "As long as we are still open, they are going to keep trying to replenish us," said Hapeman.