CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Just as during the June 29 derecho, the power outages caused by Sandy have created an insatiable demand for generators.
Area hardware stores reported a shortage of generators Tuesday. Everything else seemed to be available, although some supplies were limited and visits to several stores might have been required.
No generators were to be found at Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse at the Shops at Trace Fork, said store manager Brad Johnson.
"We are completely out of generators, any type of gas can, batteries, flashlights, that sort of thing," Johnson said. "We are selling a ton of heaters, pre-packaged firewood, ice melt, snow shovels."
Lowe's power has been on and off, but it is equipped with a generator that has the capacity necessary to run the entire store, Johnson said.
Demand for generators was running so high at The Home Depot at Southridge Centre that it was hard to keep up.
"I've got generators coming in, but demand is so huge it's hard to keep them in stock," said Tim Graley, store manager.
He expects another shipment soon. If the supplier expedites it, the next shipment could have come in Tuesday tonight or this morning, he said.
Graley said the store itself has power and has not had any problems.
"We're selling pretty much what you'd expect in a storm like this: A lot of batteries, gas cans, that sort of thing." He said the store still had supplies of those items.
Basic supplies were going fast at Zegeer Hardware at 1421 Washington St. E. in Charleston's East End.
"I'm out of 5-gallon gas cans, lanterns, lights. We do have smaller gas cans in stock. We have lamp oil but no oil lamps," said Richard Zegeer, store owner.
Other items were in varying supply.
"We have tons of ice melt, snow shovels. We have one kerosene heater left. We have electric heaters, natural gas heaters. We have batteries in stock."