Tropical Storm 'Gabrielle' Preparations by Avlight I live in the current watch zone (south east NC) five miles from the coast . I decided ahead of time to stock up on bottled water, fuel the vehicles, have batteries, etc. because when I went to Wal-Mart at 7 AM this morning, the bottled water, batteries, and bread was being moved to the front of the store. As I was doing some other business, I noticed that the prices around town at gas stations passed on my trip to Wal Mart this morning rose 2 - 4 cents per gallon in a matter of hours. The 'mild price gouging' is starting.