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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The threat of the approaching Hurricane Irma has driven many South Floridians to hit the stores and stock up on supplies.

Bottled water, gas for generators, extra food, and batteries are among the hot items.

What you should be doing to Prep For Hurricane Irma.

Tuesday morning, lines formed before dawn at a Home Depot in west Miami-Dade.

Many said some supplies were already in short supply.

“Plywood and there’s no water at Walmart, sold out already, as soon as the door’s opened, they’re still waiting for shipments, so I’m gonna go to Publix,” said Kevin Cornejo who was buying materials to board up his business before working on his home.

“We live in Country Walk so we know what a Category 4 or 5 storm is going to do,” he said. “We’re lime stone here so we’re gonna get sunk over if we get hit hard.”

A picture posted on Twitter showed a long line at the Sam’s Club in Doral where early morning the wait for water took awhile. People stocked up on batteries, food and all the things they need to get by.

Meantime at the pump Tuesday, you could also expect to wait. CBS4 was there as one man filled up over $140 worth of gas into 7 canisters.

South Florida in Irma’s cross hairs has Maria Portilla very worried. She was also loading up on gas for generators, she survived Andrew and says she’s got the feeling Irma will be bad.

“The only thing that we can have now is to pray to God,” she said.

Related: Florida Gov. Declares State Of Emergency Over Hurricane Irma

So while folks are stocking up, officials will be talking evacuations in order to get people out of the way of storm surge.

Residents are urged to go to the county website to check and see if they live in evacuation zones.

That’s important to know if emergency operations officials decide that evacuations are necessary.

Miami-Dade Co. Public Schools has set up a hotline for general information regarding Hurricane Irma – (305) 995-3000.

The University of Miami has announced that classes are cancelled Wednesday through Friday.


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