Hurricane Florence, which has begun to hit North Carolina's coast as of early this morning. At 400 miles in diameter, the category 2 hurricane is expected to affect up to 5.25 million people, according to Entrepreneur.com, and projected to create up to $60 billion in damages, AccuWeather's Joel Myers reported.
And while the storm has weakened over the past 24 hours, it's still bearing 105-miles-per-hour winds, NPR said. And residents even far inland in the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states are facing the very real threat of flooding from the hurricane's rains and storm surge.
During such dire times, affected Americans rely on their local grocers to supply the wares necessary to keep themselves and their loved ones safe and healthy as they take shelter. Grocers currently helping residents prepare include, but aren't limited to: