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Southeast Texans stocking up on essentials, preparing for potential tropical storm

According to Jefferson County Emergency Management, they've upgraded their operations to level two, but are still monitoring the formation.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Soon where the storm will hit will be more clear, but Southeast Texans are taking the threat seriously.

"I will pay attention and be prepared if I need to," said Vidor resident Monica Roark.

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Roark said it makes her a little nervous because it brings back memories of tropical storm Harvey.

According to Jefferson County Emergency Management, they upgraded their operations to level two Tuesday but are still monitoring the formation.  

Beaumont hotels like La Quinta off of Walden Road are getting ready for the worst.

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The general manager at the hotel said they are stocking up on supplies as well as weatherproofing their building and in case power goes out. It there is an outage, they'll have remote access to all their systems. 

Stores like HEB off of College Street in Beaumont have seen a lot of shoppers in the past couple of days. 

Store director Jared Bostick said as of Tuesday, they've sold more than 20 pallets of water, which is more than double the daily average. 

Bostick said they'll be getting a full truck of water tomorrow to help with the demand at the store.

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