Survey: One in Ten Hurricane Survivors Have Witnessed Physical Fights Over Water and Gas

Empty shelves at Publix before Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Empty shelves at Publix before Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Photo by Todd Van Hoosear / Flickr
We've all been there: You get to Publix after a long shift at work, days before a hurricane is projected to ruin your entire weekend. The shelves are picked clean, except for a few bottles of Topo Chico and a lone can of tuna left for grabs. Someone inevitably throws a tantrum — or a punch. You really do hate to see it.

According to a new survey, more than one in ten Americans say they've witnessed a physical fight over water or gas while preparing for a hurricane. That's according to a report from Porch, an online booking service for home-improvement contractors, which asked 959 people about their experience with hurricanes.

As Hurricane Dorian sets his eye on the Sunshine State, grocery shelves across South Florida are already being wiped of supplies. Though most retailers seem to be restocking pallets of bottled water and loaves of bread, shoppers have put such a demand on hurricane supplies that some stores are placing limits on how much customers can buy. Although Dorian is still at least three days away, drivers are already filling up their tanks with gas to prepare for possible evacuations.
Though the hurricane's path is still unclear, officials in South Florida are urging locals to make preparations as soon as possible. Miami-Dade County has put together a comprehensive hurricane guide with information about storm-surge zones, pet preparedness, and evacuation centers. Broward County also has a website with pertinent information for the 2019 hurricane season.

As of now, the National Hurricane Center says tropical-storm-force winds could reach parts of Florida as early as Saturday night. Heavy rains are expected on the east coast of Florida — just in time for king tides
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Jessica Lipscomb is the former news editor of Miami New Times.