Mulvaney’s Mowers was one of the few places in Florida’s capital city where you could find a generator. The store actually had to bring in a security guard to keep the crowds of customers orderly.
Berk Schnaufer didn’t mind waiting in line. He said he wasn’t taking any chances after Hurricane Frances.
Berk says, "This last storm that come through, we were without power for 20 hours, so that’s not a long time, but when you have grandchildren that’s something you have to think about.”
It’s a substantial investment. The generators we saw pouring out the door cost between a thousand bucks and four grand.
A store in Tallahassee is barely keeping up with demand. They’ve sold more than 600 generators in the past six days. People are also boarding up their homes and businesses to prepare for Ivan even though the Big Bend area is now on the far-eastern edge of the hurricane’s potential path.
But Florida Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate says that’s smart. The whole Panhandle needs to prepare.
"This is a very large storm and we can expect significant impacts of hurricane-force winds, floods, tornados, well away from that center of circulation," he says.
Frustratingly for many residents, those plywood boards and pricey generators may be coming in handy for awhile. Tropical Storm Jeanne is now picking up speed in the Atlantic.