Home Depot sends truckloads of supplies to Florida in preparation for Michael

When Hurricane Michael storms ashore along the Gulf Coast, residents may be a little better prepared thanks to Atlanta-based Home Depot.

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The home improvement retailer has already shipped a few hundred truckloads of supplies, such as generators and plywood, to the Florida panhandle, according to a company spokesperson.

“We maintain close communication with leadership that’s in the impacted area and we become aware of any needs that may arise," Home Depot’s Jeff Partin said.

The giant retailer literally has a hurricane command center  where it had hundreds of generators and pallets of trash bags waiting to be shipped to the Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence last month.

“The response is going to be the same and sustained regardless of how many storms we have,” Partin said.

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Home Depot is planning to close five stores in the hurricane zone along the Gulf Coast Tuesday night, and then re-open them on Thursday after the storm passes.

WSB’s Michael Seiden contributed to this report.

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