NICHOLAS COUNTY, W. Va. (WSAZ) – It’s a lesson they don’t need to be taught twice.
"The storm that came through at the end of June, we're kind of expecting something like that, because even though the power went out, we're hooked on the hospital's power so we're usually one of the first places to get power back -- so I'm sure we'll be booked again," Katie Styles of Baymont Inn and Suites in Summersville said.
After the Derecho tore through the area 4 months ago, some people in Nicholas County were without power for weeks – so this time around, they’re taking precautions.
"I hope everybody stocks up and we'll be ok," Styles said.
Back in June, the Baymont Inn and Suites sold out quickly with people who were left in the dark at their own houses.
"If it happens like they say it's going to happen, you know, having us prepared and all then I'm sure we'll be as busy as we were at the June storm," Styles said.
But that’s not all, grocery stores and hardware stores are being shopped hard, too.
People are stocking up on bottled water, canned food, batteries and other necessities.
"I just think the July storms I think lead a little bit to people remembering that and decided once they starting hearing about this situation storm coming up they decided to go ahead and get ahead of it, so to speak, and therefore the people came early got it and hopefully they won't have to use them but they'll have them if they need them,” Mason Basham, the store manager at Lowes in Summersville said.
This time around they’re going to be ready, even if they can’t outrun the wind.