Customers check out at a Lowe's store in Matthews, N.C., Monday, Aug. 20, 2007. Lowe's Cos., the nation's second largest home improvement chain, said Monday that its second-quarter profit rose 9 percent on higher overall revenue. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va -- Some local stores are stocking their shelves with items that you may need in case of an emergency.
Donald Donkle, a Lowe's Store Manager, said he has already put some of those items out front. That way customers can have easy access to them this weekend.
He recommended that you have flashlights, batteries and water at home in case you lose power or get stuck. He said he would not be surprised if we get a snow storm since we had one just last October.
If we don't get snow, he said people need to be ready in case the storm is a bad one here.
"We remember the storm from the summer and it was pretty ugly, so people are worried because if we do have the winds that they expect, and we do have them, then people could be out of power for weeks at a time. So we're getting the stuff out so they're ready to go just in case," said Donkle.
Donkle said with all the leaves on the trees still, it is easier for strong winds to knock them down on power lines. That is why he says you should be prepared before this storm causes damage.