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How the threat of severe weather affects your shopping plans

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PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Does the threat of severe weather affect shopping plans on the day before Christmas Eve?

It depends on who you ask. 

"I'm not scared, but I have heard it will get bad," says Callie Prince of Philadelphia as she shops with her family at Bass Pro Shops.  

But Amanda Brock of Vicksburg decided she had to get her three children out to visit Santa Claus Wednesday at Bass Pro Shops, or they might miss out. 

"That's why we tried to get out first thing this morning and get it done, and hopefully get back to town before the weather gets too bad," she tells us. 

Many stores and shopping centers have plans in place when the skies are gray and severe weather looms. At the Outlets of Mississippi, store managers are informed through a text message blast, but they don't stop there. 

"We have a weather radio in my office and the Director of Operations' office. We actually keep tuned into your channel for the severe weather. The Chief of Police and and I contact each other directly through cell phone," says Kathy Hackshaw, General Manager of the Outlets of Mississippi.

And that's extra assurance for those who are shopping and keeping their eye on the sky.  

"Due to the fact the weather is to come in a little later, I thought I'd get it in before it got bad," says Eileen Maxwell, who treated herself to a pair of Nine West boots at the Outlets. 

"We put our faith in God and go on," says Arnold Brown of Sontag. He and his wife Carolyn will drive back home after spending their day shopping.

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