Jesse Savala found just what he was looking for during a Tuesday morning visit to the Academy Sports and Outdoors in Meyerland: a propane hose assembly to connect his propane tank to his Mr. Buddy heater in case he loses power when the expected freezing weather hits later this week.
It was the last one on the shelf, though not the last thing on his shopping list, he added. He had just come from Lowe’s, he explained, where he was hoping to pick up some sort of pipe insulation, but they were completely sold out. With an arctic cold front approaching — and memories of February 2021’s Winter Storm Uri still quite vivid — many Houstonians had had the same idea.