HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Cell phone video captures the madness at Costco Iwilei Monday evening with carts loaded with bottled water, batteries and other supplies.
The shelves are empty where bottled water, toilet paper and paper towels would normally be at the Salt Lake Target.
Across town at City Mill Kaimuki, customers are hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.
"It's an ‘I’ and it’s been ‘I's the last two times…it's not something you take lightly," said Debbie, a Kahala resident.
Debbie is referring to hurricane Iwa in 1982 and Hurricane Iniki in 1992. Officials are already gearing up for this third "I”…Iselle
"The National Guard has actually been preparing for the last couple days…and so we're preparing to bring in some other teams to help us," U.S. National Guard General Darryll Wong said.
"The track is pretty strong out the first 72 hours. After that it gets a little less certain. But we believe there will be storm impacts to all the islands," said Doug Mayne, Vice Director of Civil Defense for the State of Hawaii.
City Mill Supervisor Lucian Garcia offered up some advice with a few more days to stock up.
"Come out before the storm comes. Right now is the best time to come. We have a lot of foot traffic, but we have plenty of stock. The longer you wait, the less we'll have," he said.
With Hurricane Iselle still a ways away, Garcia says it's better to be safe than sorry.
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