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Shoppers stock up on supplies to prepare for winter weather

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Food is flying off the shelves at local grocery stores as people brace themselves for the winter weather. There were a steady stream of shoppers around town Tuesday afternoon. Employee say items like bread, milk, and produce are selling rapidly. Shoppers are also buying wood for their fireplaces, dinner items for the next couple of days and non-perishables like chips and water.

Grocery store employees were stocking shelves in the middle of the day so customers could have a wide variety of items from which to choose. Most people News Three's Naomi Keitt spoke with were not overly concerned with the weather but are taking precautions.

"Just in case anything does happen and we are without a heat source, we just want a back up plan so we got some firewood. Build a fire, stay warm," said Jennifer Barnhart.

"We're just going to get food now but we probably won't leave for the next couple days. So we're trying to get two days worth of food so we don't really have to go anywhere with the car," said Ayo Adenuga.

Bread delivery men around Columbus have spent hours at local grocery stores restocking the shelves. Jason Hammonds at Flowers Bread says he has 17 businesses that he has to restock Tuesday. He started around 6 Tuesday morning and will probably work until 7 Tuesday evening. Hammonds says it normally takes 30 minutes to an hour to restock the bread but customers are buying a lot more than usual. He says it's taken up to two and a half hours to complete the process Tuesday.

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