Hurricane Matthew: Palm Beach Gardens Publix ends two-day search for propane

A day off of work Thursday didn’t equate to sleeping in for Kelly Spencer.

The Loxahatchee Groves resident woke up around 5:30 a.m. and was outside the Publix in Mirasol Walk, 6251 PGA Blvd., by 6:45 a.m. waiting to buy a propane tank to cook her food when the power goes out.

They were out of gas and propane in all the Loxahatchee-area stores, she said. She had a half-full tank at home, but couldn’t find anyone to refill it unless it was empty.

She had been searching for two days and heard the Publix was getting a delivery. An employee of the store said when it opened that they had “plenty.”

A little farther east, the Publix at Military Trail and PGA Boulevard was well-supplied with water, although the ice was quickly emptied from the freezer.

Home Depot on Northlake Boulevard was out of sand bags, plywood and generators by 8:30 a.m. and closed at 11 a.m. The Lowe’s on Congress Avenue near Northlake Boulevard fared better with generators, an abundance of batteries and a minimal amount of plywood.

The Target on Congress Avenue at the border of Lake Park and Palm Beach Gardens was closed and protected by hurricane shutters Thursday.

The Dunkin’ Donuts on Military Trail just south of PGA Boulevard remained open until 10 a.m. Thursday, although most Panera and Starbucks locations were closed.

The closure of the Starbucks at the Mirasol Walk shopping center, 6231 PGA Boulevard #100, disrupted Mirasol resident Joseph Pietrafesa’s morning routine. He normally goes there every morning at 6 a.m.

Since it was closed, he went to the 7-Eleven in the shopping center instead.

“I came over here and realized they did have gas, so that’s a good thing. Filled up, grabbed a couple of coffees,” he said.

He had his according shutters up, but it still took him all day yesterday to get them situated, he said. His two small dogs are looking around wondering why it’s so dark, although they aren’t acting anxious about the storm, Pietrafesa said.

This is his first hurricane in Florida, but he said “I actually feel a little safer down here,” because he lived right on the oceanfront in Virginia before moving to Palm Beach Gardens in 2012.

 

 

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