North Texans settles in hardware stores ahead of winter weather – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

North Texans settles in hardware stores ahead of winter weather – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Before New Year’s, people drive to the last minute store before the winter weather returns to Texas.

ACE Hardware on East Park Row Drive closed early for the holidays, but that did not stop hundreds of customers looking for tools to help with cold weather.

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Assistant store manager Jose Castillo said some of their products were particularly popular with customers.

“A lot of people panicked,” Castillo said. “They do not know what to do. They buy weather lists for their doors, like a lot of things.”

Texans bought everything from air filters to heaters to firewood and faucet covers, but Castillo said one item obscured them all.

“This is our pipe insulation,” Castillo said. “It’s to cover the pipes so it does not freeze or burst so you do not have other major problems in your house.”

Castillo said they have seen more customers over the last three days than they do in a typical week. The hot weather has made some shoppers particularly worried about their winter readiness.

“It actually scares me because I think it’s December and it’s been 80 degrees,” said Dealcynthia Hopkins, a shopper in Arlington. “I want to look for some heaters, some lamps, something I do not need to connect.”

Other shoppers went to places like Home Depot to get what they needed.

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“I do a little preventative maintenance on the pipes in my house. This is a water pipe heating cable, ”said one customer. “I’m just trying to be on the side of caution.”

Some people said they were worried after the February storm and they learned to be more prepared for the winter weather.

“I’m worried…. Back in February, I was without power for four days,” Hopkins said.

“Generators. After this last freeze, you need generators because your house is freezing,” said another shopper.

Due to the cooler temperatures, more cities will also open heating shelters. Here are some of the centers:

    1508 E. McKinney St.
    Denton, TX 76209

    (940) 566-3800
    451 West Avenue D.
    Garland, TX 75040

    (972) 272-453
    206 W. Main St.
    Lewisville, TX 75057

    (972) 353-9400
    600 Wilson Creek Pkwy
    McKinney, TX 75069

    (972) 542-6694
    3528 E. 14th St.
    Plano, TX 75074

    (972) 423-8254

These shelters will provide shelter, meals, bottles of water, coffee and hot drinks.

The North Texas Salvation Army said they are ready to serve in other areas of North Texas when the need arises, with several other places on standby.

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