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Generators hard to find in KC after snowstorm hits metro

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 19:50:30-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several hardware stores around Kansas City are having a hard time keeping generators in stock.

Many stores 41 Action crews went to either were sold out or didn't sell the machine at all.

For those who did buy one because of losing power during the snow storm, they would need to shell out anywhere from $400-$3000.

Ranch Mart Ace Hardware was sold out. They range from $500-$800 for the generator.

This can be a inconvenience to some families not expecting to spend that kind of money.

Some say the money is worth it to keep your house warm.

"You just gotta look at what you need for your house. Like if your fridge went out, how much is that going to cost you? If the pipes freeze, things like that," said store manager at Ranch Mart Ace Hardware, Randy White.

But, sometimes they can come as a danger, if not careful.

"The generators or gasoline engines, gasoline powered engines they make carbon monoxide just like a car. So, definitely don't want to run one of those in the house, don't want to run one of those in the garage," said Overland Park Fire Department Spokesman, Jason Rhodes.

If you decide to get a generator, firefighters ask you to keep a close eye on it and have it a good distance from your home.

Power crews also ask for you to turn off the main breaker in your house while using a generator.