LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- With the winter storm expected to knock out power for thousands of Arkansans, generators are flying off the shelves at a number of Little Rock stores.
"We got a whole truck load in yesterday morning and we quickly sold out of it," Home Depot employee Mike Roosa told THV. "People have really, really planned ahead on this one."
About 40 people were lined up outside the West Little Rock Home Depot at 5 a.m. Thursday waiting for a shipment of 27 generators from Memphis. "We were out last time when the power went out. We were out for three days," added 2012 ice storm outage victim Beth Allison. "We didn't want to go through that again, sitting around watching the walls."
Frank Campbell drove from White Hall to purchase a generator from Home Depot. Campbell called a number of other stores who told him they were sold out Wednesday night. "I have two generators but neither one of them seem to be working and I took them to the mechanic and he said it's going to be a couple of weeks before they can be fixed and I didn't feel like I could wait," said Campbell. "It's very uncomfortable if you go three or four days in the cold with snow and ice and only a fireplace."