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Those without power hunt for generators

It might be easier to find Ryder Cup tickets than a portable generator in the Louisville area.  With predictions of power back within a week in Indiana, and in as much as two weeks in Louisville, the sound of generators is music to a lot of people.  Generators are scarce, but some are still available right now -- with a second wave coming soon.

Behind Brian Masterson's house and you'll hear -- and see -- what's keeping his food cold on a third night without electricity.  His portable gas generator powers the refrigerator, freezer and the tv.

It needs refueling every eight hours, but Masterson says the gas cost is money well spent.

"For two days it costs $64," said Masterson.

Masterson's not alone in taking advantage of the generators.  His has heavy duty electric cords stretching from the kitchen, outside to the back porch.

Generators should never run "indoors."  Ordinary extension cords can't carry all the power and are a fire hazard.  They should carry a load of just the minimums to keep everyone comfortable.

At Lowe's on Preston Highway, the signs and the prices are left, but the shelves are empty.

The store sold out of generators and other storm supplies quickly Sunday night and Monday.  More could arrive by the end of the week, once Lowe's finds them.

Ken Hulse has searched the country for more generators within his company, Hagemeyer North America in Commerce Crossings.  He expects a shipment of 16 to 18 generators Wednesday morning -- and they'll be sold for between $600-$960 each, first come, first served.

You can call Hagemeyer after 8 a.m Wednesday at 961-5900 to ask about the generators.  Otherwise, call ahead if you're seeking generators or chain saws or other big supplies.  That might save you time.

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