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Updated: 09/13/2017 08:30:01AM

Food, gas available, but still scarce

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The plywood section was still bare on Tuesday morning at Lowe's in Port Charlotte off Tamiami Trail. The company expects to send more than 500 truckloads into Florida over the next 48 hours with products such as tarps, generators, flashlights, batteries, drywall, plywood and bottled water, a company official said.

The small parking lot at Jack and Jill Adult Super Store in Port Charlotte on Tamiami Trail was full on Tuesday. The store opened at 10 a.m. to steady business, taking cash only after Irma swept through Sunday.

SUN PHOTO BY ANDREA PRAEGITZER

A Marathon convenience store at 4276 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte showed its snack aisle mostly cleared out, as a truck outside worked to refill the station's pumps with fuel early Tuesday afternoon.

Robbi Hansen picked up cases of water with his little Chihuahua, J.R. on Tuesday at a Lowe's store at 2000 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.


SUN PHOTO BY ANDREA PRAEGITZER

A Marathon convenience store at 4276 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte showed its snack aisle mostly cleared out, as a truck outside worked to refill the station's pumps with fuel early Tuesday afternoon.

SUN PHOTO BY ANDREA PRAEGITZER

A Marathon convenience store at 4276 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte showed its snack aisle mostly cleared out, as a truck outside worked to refill the station's pumps with fuel early Tuesday afternoon.

Robbi Hansen picked up cases of water with his little Chihuahua, J.R. on Tuesday at a Lowe's store at 2000 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.


Robbi Hansen picked up cases of water with his little Chihuahua, J.R. on Tuesday at a Lowe's store at 2000 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte.


The small parking lot at Jack and Jill Adult Super Store in Port Charlotte on Tamiami Trail was full on Tuesday. The store opened at 10 a.m. to steady business, taking cash only after Irma swept through Sunday.

The small parking lot at Jack and Jill Adult Super Store in Port Charlotte on Tamiami Trail was full on Tuesday. The store opened at 10 a.m. to steady business, taking cash only after Irma swept through Sunday.

The plywood section was still bare on Tuesday morning at Lowe's in Port Charlotte off Tamiami Trail. The company expects to send more than 500 truckloads into Florida over the next 48 hours with products such as tarps, generators, flashlights, batteries, drywall, plywood and bottled water, a company official said.

By Andrea Praegitzer

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In Hurricane Irma’s wake Tuesday, some people in Charlotte and Sarasota counties were hard-pressed to find supplies like gas, tarps, plywood, bottled water and other essentials.

As many popular businesses remained closed — from fast-food restaurants to major retailers — there were a handful of big-box stores and smaller storefronts that opened their doors under at least limited hours.

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