With just 24 hours until the tropical system roars ashore, Academy Sports + Outdoors, is not seeing a customer rush yet, as locals prepare and stock up for the storm.
“Not so far today, but I expect traffic will pick up tonight and obviously tomorrow as the storm system gets closer,” said James Basler.
The shelves are stocked, but the aisles are empty and that is a little concerning to Basler, a manager at the sporting goods store.
“We’re not guaranteed to have just a quick move through system just because the forecaster says it is,” Basler said.
Alabama Power is preparing for the worst, bringing in crew members from throughout the state to Mobile to make sure in case of an outage, power gets turned back on quickly.
“High winds can cause power outages even during the regular thunderstorm so certainly anytime we have weather of this nature we could expect power to go out,” said Beth Thomas, spokesperson for Alabama Power.
If the power does go out, Alabama Power said preparing now is key.
“Everyone should make sure they have a plan and make sure that plan is ready just as people would normally do at this time of the year when we’re at the height of hurricane season,” Thomas said.
Back at Academy Sports + Outdoors, they say they will be ready with the necessary supplies to make sure people are prepared for the storm.
“As I like to say, the old boy scout thing is to be prepared, I think they should get here now, as quick as possible because conditions can change in a moment’s notice,” Basler said.