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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Another storm is on its way and people are stocking up on everything from food to heaters.

A forecast for bad weather can actually be good for business at Home Depot, increasing sales by a whopping amount.

"Actually closer to a 50 percent increase in sales," said associate Lorenzo Oats. 

People are stocking up on the essentials before the deep freeze, beginning with heaters.

"Just about every type of space heater has been selling off the shelf," Oats said.

We're told a pallet of salt nearly sold out in 10 minutes, and the selection at the shovel rack won't last long either.

Batteries and battery operated radios are also recommended for this week's cold snap as well as matches or lighters.

And if Home Depot sold blankets, chances are they'd be gone too.

At Giant Eagle, people are stocking on non-perishable, canned goods as well as rice and pasta.

"We're prepared."  Janie Hoak is not kidding-- her grocery basket is packed. "Pork chops, hamburgers pop, candy, bread."

Anticipating the rush, stores have lots of bottled water, which is just fine with shopper Tyler Day.  "Just stocking up on water and meats and stuff for the deep freeze," Day said.

If you don't want to buy bottled water, just get a couple of gallon jugs and fill them up with tap water.

Also, if you don't think people are not stocking up on alcohol you would be wrong.

"We got a couple of bottles of wine to last a few days," said one shopper.

Be it at the hardware store or at the grocery store, folks in greater Cleveland know about these winters and they are not about to be left out in the cold.

"I'm a single mom with a grand baby and two kid, you have to be prepared for everything," Hoak added.

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