Storm Watch: CVS stores sell out of flashlights, run low on bottled water

Both CVS stores on the Foggy Bottom Campus are out of flashlights and low on bottled water about two days before Hurricane Sandy will likely strike the District.

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Whole Foods reported that while water is going fast at its Foggy Bottom location, it can call in immediate shipments and a generator from its Maryland warehouse if Hurricane Sandy knocks out power. Hatchet File Photo

Grocery stores across Foggy Bottom have reported heavier traffic Saturday as students and area residents gather water, non-perishable food items, batteries and flashlights for the impending storm.

The CVS at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. reported that it is also low on food, but kept plenty of batteries.

“If everything is on the shelf, we’re bound to run out before Monday,” Francis Kawah, a shift supervisor, said. “Where we are, we’re going to receive a lot of traffic, but we’ll be ready to handle that, we always are.”

Jerri Moore, a shift supervisor for the CVS on E Street, said the store will be able to keep its food shelves replenished.

While customers water continue to grab up bottled water at Whole Foods, marketing team leader Jessica Carlin said the store’s daily shipments from its Maryland warehouse would ensure that it is “on top of everything” as the storm approaches.

“It’s unusual because normally Saturdays are quiet for us because of our student population but today its nonstop activity,” Carlin said. “Worse comes to worst, we have generators that can be sent to us. We’re trying to be as proactive as possible.”

The Foggy Bottom Whole Foods carries few or no supplies of batteries or flashlights, Carlin added.

Devlin Keating, co-founder and chief operating officer of FoBoGro, said the store hasn’t seen unusual customer traffic Saturday, but added extra orders of water and food to make sure it was ready for the storm.

A Trader Joe’s employee directed all media calls to its corporate office, which is not open on the weekends.

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