Shoppers prepping for Lane find empty shelves, long lines at Hawaii stores

Lane 8/22 at 5 p.m.: Hurricane warning issued for Oahu
Shoppers flocked to pick up last-minute essentials ahead of Hurricane Lane. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Shoppers flocked to pick up last-minute essentials ahead of Hurricane Lane. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Lots of supplies had already disappeared from Walmart Keeaumoku on Tuesday night. (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Lots of supplies had already disappeared from Walmart Keeaumoku on Tuesday night. (Image: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Shoppers flocking to grocery stores for hurricane supplies are finding empty shelves and long lines.

At a number of stores, shelves of water are disappearing more quickly than they can be stocked.

Also in short supply at some stores: Candles, flashlights, and other emergency items.

Residents started descending on grocery stores, gas stations and hardware stores Tuesday as Hurricane Lane churned toward the state.

Many said they were taking the threat from the cyclone seriously.

Marie Cooper-Martinez, of Alewa Heights, went to Foodland to pick up water and some other last-minute supplies.

"It's not decreasing in strength and it looks like it's going to take it right over us so, yeah, we are nervous," she said.

She added that her home was flooded when the remnants of Tropical Storm Darby triggered torrential rain showers on Oahu.

"We're more prepared this time," she said.

Donna Casanova, of Hauula, was picking up water, canned foods, and crackers at Foodland.

"I'm just trying to prepare," she said.

At several stores, shoppers reported long lines — and some supplies already running out.

At Costco in Kapolei, generators were sold out, shoppers said. Water and toilet paper were also flying off the shelves.

At Costco Iwilei, shoppers described the crowds as "chaos."

Shopper Marjorie Kuniyoshi said it took her 45 minutes to make the turn into Costco and find a parking space.

"I'm not coming out again till this ends," she quipped.

Ewa Beach resident Keith Yasuda had this assessment of the parking situation: "Horrendous."

Residents were also flocking to hardware stores to grab batteries, flashlights and other items for their emergency kits.

Tony Sharum, a supervisor at City Mill, said he was heartened to see people getting ready for the storm.

"I've been here since 2006, and we haven't had nothing in a long time that has really come in," he said. "I think that they should be prepared."

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