By LUKE WHITTAKER
PENINSULA — Food, water, batteries and propane have been the primary necessities as Peninsula residents and businesses prepare for what’s anticipated to be the worst storm to slam Pacific County since 2007.
“We’re more prepared then we were last time,” resident Scott Corsi said, “Last time it caught everyone flat footed.” Corsi was among many Peninsula residents who were out purchasing last-minute preparations ahead of the wrath of weather closing in on the coast.
Batteries for radios and flashlights were in particularly high demand at Dennis Company in Long Beach on Friday.
“We’re sold out of “D” batteries — they went first,” store manager Glen Admire said.
“We had people coming over from Astoria looking for generators because Home Depot ran out.” The store sold their last camping generator in stock on Thursday. So far, sales have been “double” compared to the same day last year, according to Admire. The sentiment was similar at other stores along the Peninsula as people prepared for the weekend weather.
“Water, ice and batteries have been the top sellers — we sold lots and lots of water,” Sid’s Supermarket assistant manager Mike Bonfigt said. “We sold probably 150 cases of water, about three times what we normally sell.” The surge of sales started on Wednesday and is likely to continue until the worst of the weather arrives Saturday.
“Gas, propane, candles, flashlights and lots of batteries,” Monica Norelius, shift manager at Jack’s Country Store, said regarding the popular storm sales. Norelius said they came close to selling out, but have managed to keep a stock in spite of the spike.
“Our distributors have helped us out. We had one come this morning with more propane.”
Reminders of the 2007 storm, which left many Peninsula residents without power for days, have been an impetus for many in properly preparing. Luci Dreyer has lived in the area since 1980, but hasn’t prepared for such a storm since 2007.
“We got propane for the grill because that’s what we cooked on after the storm in 2007,” Dreyer said, “We lost power for five days.” Dreyer has also stocked up on soup, ice and batteries.
“We have a full-on storm checklist,” Mark Bolden, grocery manager at Jack’s Country Store, said. The store has added backup power via generators in the event of a power outage, something they didn’t have when the last major storm hit.
“The 2007 storm was a mess. After three days of no power, we used squeegees to take the ice cream out of the freezer,” Bolden said. Jack’s Country Store, Sid’s and Dennis Company will remain open Saturday even if power is lost in the Peninsula, but businesses and residents alike are bracing for the worst and hopeful for the best.