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People getting prepared before the winter weather moves into the area

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Many headed to the grocery stores Wednesday morning in a last effort to get prepared before the winter storm arrival.

The lines in stores like Wal-Mart were packed with shoppers purchasing cases of water, bread, snack items and batteries.

Despite utility companies, like SCE&G saying they were going to be vigilant the ice on power lines had many fearing the potential of power outages.

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"Well they need to get stuff, like fruits, vegetables, stuff that you don't actually have to cook because if you lose power you're not going to be able to cook. Unless there is gas related stoves and even that's kinda dangerous. So I would say just get fruits and vegetables, snacks, chips, said one Summerville fire fighter.

Emergency personnel in Summerville were buying items to prepare for long shifts.

"They're calling all out staff in for hang over days, just in case we get extra calls. So we got to be prepared for that. My work day is today, I'm heading into work now and I'm prepared to say over tomorrow for a full shift just in case.

Shoppers said inside the store's shelves were nearly empty.

Several people in Summerville who have lived in the northeast said they best thing people can do is have plenty non-perishable foods and prepare to stay indoors for the next few days because driving on the roads during these conditions is just too risky.

"Build a fire and just stay off the roads. I mean, we were barricaded in our house (in Chicago) when we had snow storms. I lived on a lake and all this snow would drift and block us in," said Ramona Helms. "Just build a fire in your fireplace. If you don't have one, get an electric blanket. If you don't have power, grab a bunch of blanket or use body heat."

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