April Porter spent most of Sunday on the phone at the Regency Hotel in Jackson taking reservations and talking to anxious Gulf Coast residents.
"We have been getting phone calls about 20 every hour. We've been receiving on-line reservations and people walking in trying to get rooms," explains Porter.
Many hotels in the metro report a similar situation, saying they're booked through much of the week.
"We were not ready at all but we're gonna be ready for the incoming customers that are trying to avoid the storm," says Porter.
"Look for relatives, friends, fraternity brothers, sorority sisters. We saw during Hurricane Katrina, people opened up their homes to take care of people that had no place to go," Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Robert Latham told residents Sunday afternoon.
Many home improvement stores have also been slammed with customers. Most have sold out of supplies many homeowners want, in case the power goes out, and even tarps.
"Since the hurricane forecast (was updated Sunday morning) we have sold every generator we have in stock. I've probably received over 100 calls from customers looking for generators, extension cords, water, batteries...you name it," says Home Depot Employee Roy Goss.
Goss reminds those who do have a generator to be careful when testing or using the device.
"If you're not aware on how to operate the generators, you can got to YouTube or you can go to our Home Depot website and it tells you step by step. It actually gives you a tutorial video on how to operate that generator."
Some residents are concerned Isaac could bring bad weather to central Mississippi but others don't seem bothered.
"It's going to be mostly a wind and rain event from what I've seen so far and you know a Category 2 you're not really talking a lot," says Clinton resident Chip Alford.
"I probably should be but I don't normally get stressed about weather, I really don't. So, I make sure that I have candles or flashlights and maybe some canned foods," says Clinton resident Carmen Temple.
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