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Locals Prepare for Winter Storm

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Lawton, OK_ It's pretty obvious that people have been paying attention to the forecasts.  You don't have to go far to see folks lining up to get the essentials.

In addition to groceries like bread and milk, other items like shovels and ice scrapers are also flying off the shelves in our area. Grocery stores we spoke to say their shelves are still fully stocked despite huge crowds coming through their doors. People have been grabbing the essentials like milk, bread, anything to see them through the storm.

It's not just grocery stores that are seeing the rough weather rush, though. Tyrone Muldowney has been stocking up of salt, scrapers and shovels in time for this week's winter weather. He said it's not just his home he has to worry about.

"I own three businesses here in town so I went and bought salt for all my businesses," said Tyrone Muldowney.

And it's a good thing he stocked up early. Several stores are quickly running low on wintry items that they say people don't realize they need until it's too late. Meaning that de-icer that you need for your car or even a generator for potential power outages are already hot commodities in our community. And that's why Muldowney took action fast.

"There's all kinds of preps you have to do and not just for fun for the kids but as a businessman, keeping your business, employees, and customers safe," said Muldowney.

"We've sold out of shovels, we've sold out of ice melts, spray de-icer for your windshields is what comes to mind. When you order stuff and it's far enough in advance, you don't really know what the weather is to justify inventory," said Brent Easton.

But that's just something that Brent Easton actually considers a good thing. As for Muldowney, his salt-buying and scraper-stocking is over, giving him peace of mind and time to prep for another wintry event with his family.

"Since they didn't have a sled last time, I'm going to break down and buy them a sled for the winter," said Muldowney.

"Do the best you can...and be cautious," said Easton.

Again, if you need supplies like ice scrapers, salt, de-icer, anything...people we spoke to are saying get these things now before it gets bad. Not only will you be ensuring that you're stocked up, but you may just save yourself from a potential headaches with bad driving conditions.

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