As Hurricane Ian approaches, Floridians ration.

One Publix grocery has begun rationing its supply of bottled water as Floridians scramble to stock up on necessities in the face of Hurricane Ian.

The supermarket operator has given retailers permission to restrict water and other necessary sales as the powerful storm hits the state's coast.

According to local CBS News affiliate WTSP, a Publix supermarket in St. Petersburg, Florida, is restricting customers to purchasing no more than two 24.

There is high confidence that Hurricane Ian will swiftly strengthen and make a significant impact on Florida this week.


On Monday, it is predicted to reach Category 4 strength over the Gulf of Mexico, and on Wednesday it will make landfall in central Florida.

A Publix representative told CBS MoneyWatch, "As we continue to monitor Ian, Publix stores may restrict amounts of commodities, like as water, to better serve the majority of our customers


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