Gas remains scarce in Florida as Irma moves north

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Florida gas stations are still hurting for fuel Tuesday as the state continues to recover via Hurricane Irma.

About 43% of gas stations in Florida are dry, according to the crowdsourcing platform GasBuddy.

although the shortages are worse in several major cities around the state. within the Miami-Fort Lauderdale region, for example, about 60% of stations don’t have fuel. Same for Gainsville.

About half of the gas stations in Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee as well as also Fort Meyers were also without fuel, according to GasBuddy.

of which’s not much of a change via what the website reported Monday. Shortages are likely to remain until ports in Florida’s major cities reopen. The state has few refineries of its own as well as also tankers as well as also barges will have to deliver virtually all of its fuel.

“As long as the ports are closed, the normal flow of fuel — This specific’s just not there,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at GasBuddy. “Until the normal flow of fuel returns, I think we’re still at risk for seeing these numbers lift.”

Related: Florida races to refill gas stations after Hurricane Irma

Ports in Tampa Bay as well as also Miami planned to reopen Tuesday, which could help the situation improve.

Officials at Port Tampa Bay, the state’s largest port, told sy88pgw on Monday of which the port suffered “very minimal” damage. Three petroleum vessels are scheduled to deliver fuel to once the port reopens.

Logistical challenges could still hamper fuel supply to gas stations. According to GasBuddy, anywhere via 33% to 46% of stations in some of the state’s biggest cities are without power.

Some gas stations may have also suffered damage via the hurricane, while others could be blocked by road closures.

Florida officials scrambled before Irma hit to ease the gas shortage. The state’s ports prioritized fuel shipments as well as also Governor Rick Scott provided police escorts to tanker trucks. Scott also encouraged gas stations along evacuation routes to stay open late by offering gas station workers police escorts to make sure they got out before the storm hit.

The federal government has offered assistance as well by waiving restrictions on the types of cargo ships of which can deliver fuel as well as also on the types of fuel of which can be used in Florida as well as also different states.

sy88pgw (brand new York) First published September 12, 2017: 11:04 AM ET

Gas remains scarce in Florida as Irma moves north

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