1. Pan of line of people waiting for truck to arrive with generators
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Marchese, Willow Springs, NC resident:
"Were all waiting for generators. Waiting for that storm to hit, need some power for the house. So you know, doing the best we can. There's supposed to be a truck come in 10, 10:30, so we're all waiting here.
(Question) Have you been looking long for a generator?
Believe it or not, I have one that runs. I'm getting one for a back up just in case it dies. But you always, can never be (too) prepared. You know, you gotta do what you gotta do.
(Question) How many places did you go?
This is the first place but we called about 10 yesterday. So, some won't be here til Wednesday, Thursday, which I didn't want to wait. So got here at six o'clock this morning. It's 10:30 now. I'm still waiting."
3. People standing in line
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Brian Edwards, Store Manager of Lowes, Garner North Carolina:
"So we're out of gas cans, we also have more gas cans coming in but those are the first things that left when the storm started coming was generators and gas cans and extension cords."
5. Lone extension cord on an otherwise empty shelf
6. Pan of empty shelves
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Brian Edwards, Store Manager of Lowes, Garner North Carolina:
"We've got trucks coming in, we've got trucks of water, trucks of generators. Everyone is staying very organized so we're just waiting for the trucks to arrive so we can start unloading."
"We have water, flashlights, we're all set. A lot of North Carolinians, you know, we're pretty robust when it comes to stuff like this. You know, we, you know most of us have experienced this. That said, I think the people are a little bit dicey about this particular storm because it's slow moving."
11. Electronic cart carrying boxes of generators pulling up to store
12. Various of customers taking boxes of generators from cart and putting them in cars
North Carolina residents stocked up on supplies Tuesday and braced for severe conditions, as Hurricane Florence exploded into a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm.
The center of Florence was expected to move between Bermuda and the Bahamas on Tuesday and Wednesday and approach the coast of South Carolina or North Carolina on Thursday,
The National Hurricane Center warned that this storm was forecast to linger over the Carolinas once it reaches shore, so people living inland should prepare to lose power and endure flooding and other hazards.
At a Lowes hardware and home improvement store outside Raleigh, customers waited in line starting at 5:30am for a truck carrying nearly 200 generators.
The store sold out of generators, gas cans and extension cords as word of the storm circulated but store manager Brian Edwards said they were working to restock the shelves.
"We'll be prepared on both sides of the storm but right now for us, it's really about making sure that we have the storm ready and everything ready for the community," he said.
As they waited for generators, most customers said they were doing what they could to prepare for the storm, adding that North Carolina has been through hurricanes a number of times before.
"A lot of North Carolinians, you know, we're pretty robust when it comes to stuff like this," said Raleigh resident Chip Darnell.
Still, he said he thinks some people "are a little bit dicey about this particular storm because it's slow moving."
Several meteorologists said Florence could do what Hurricane Harvey did last year over Texas, dumping days of rain.