Empty shelves at local grocery stores ahead of Hurricane Irma

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - Many of Eastern Carolinians are getting supplies together ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Demand for water and non-perishables is causing local grocery stores to work overtime to get shelves replenished.

In Greenville Thursday, many stores were busy with shoppers looking for the hurricane staples like water, bread and canned goods.

At the Food Lion on Turnbury Drive, water was scarce.

The store manager says their store brand packs of 24 bottles sells for less than $2 and has been flying off the shelves, but they expect to have more by Thursday night.

Harris Teeter off Evans Street and Publix say their stores have limited supplies of water and bread.

On the other hand, Greenville's Piggly Wiggly has a full supply of water and bread.

They continued to restock shelves ahead of what could be a busy weekend for grocery stores.

"We really look at water, cause we've probably quadrupled our water supply we would normally get in the next day or so, your canned meat items, batteries, there again, your tape, your lunch meat items, they'll stock up their coolers and make sandwiches," says Patrick Delaney, the supervisor of the Greeville Piggly Wiggly.

Store managers say they're communicating with their distributors to make sure batteries, water and other staples will be in stock before Irma can threaten our area.