ROMEOVILLE, Ill., July 9 (UPI) -- Thanks to Hurricane Dennis, not only is there an emergency generator shortage in Florida and other Gulf states, but few are available online.
Jon Hoch, founder of online generator superstore Electric Generators Direct.com -- or electricgeneratorsdirect.com -- said he still has a few dozen new generators and several hundred reconditioned generators in stock.
However, the Romeoville, Ill.-based e-tailer said he expected to sell out of his remaining inventory in the next few days.
"If you're lucky enough to find a generator locally, buy it," said Hoch. "If you're not, your best bet is to have one on the way than none at all."
If you buy it online, the generator won't arrive before Hurricane Dennis hits, because of closed roads -- and hurricane-related power outages can last up to a month. Many homeowners can expect to see their generators toward the end of the next week depending on when the roads reopen, Hoch said.