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Shoppers hitting Albany’s grocery stores ‘just in case’

As winter storm nears, bottled water, brea and milk moving quickly

As the second weather event this month closed in on Albany, shoppers at Harvey’s Supermarket on Slappey Boulevard Tuesday afternoon were generally unconcerned about an approaching winter storm that forecasters said would hit the area with rain, ice and possibly snow today. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

As the second weather event this month closed in on Albany, shoppers at Harvey’s Supermarket on Slappey Boulevard Tuesday afternoon were generally unconcerned about an approaching winter storm that forecasters said would hit the area with rain, ice and possibly snow today. (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

ALBANY — As the second winter storm in the past month hits Southwest Georgia, many local shoppers prepared for the worst and scrambled to stock up on essentials from their neighborhood grocery stores — but not all of them.

The National Weather Service predicted a combination of rain, sleet and possibly snow to hit the area Tuesday night and this morning.

At Harvey’s Supermarket on Slappey Boulevard Tuesday, shoppers steamed out of the store and voiced varying levels of concern.

“The only thing I bought today was water,” Melissa Cooper of Albany said. “I’ve pretty much got everything else that I need — just in case it gets bad.”

Mary Wright said she bought two cases of bottled water because “you can’t ever tell what might happen or how bad things will get on Wednesday. Besides, I can always drink the water later.”

However, count Arthur Jackson of Albany among the unconcerned.

“I”m not really worried about (the storm),” Jackson said. “They’ve been telling us we might get some ice and snow, then again we might not get it, since Sunday. I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.”

Johnnie Johnson agreed.

“I didn’t buy anything special today, just the usual amount of stuff, Johnson said.”I’ve just decided to leave it all in the hands of the Lord.”

Others however, seem to be taking the approaching storm seriously. A check at Publix Supermarket on Dawson Road Monday night found crowds larger than normal. Shoppers were taking stables like break, peanut butter, water and batteries.

Publix Corporate offices had not returned a call by press time and a Harvey’s customer service representative declined to comment, referring all questions to Harvey’s corporate offices.