Gas lines showing up again in Villages after departure of Hurricane Irma

Lawrence Kim
September 13, 2017

Many stations were still without power as 70 percent of Seminole County and 50 percent of customers in Orange County are without electricity as of Tuesday morning, according to Florida disaster officials.

"Seaport Canaveral Corp.is now supporting the needs of the State with full involvement from our customers, suppliers, haulers and drivers", said General Manager Clement Saaltink.

"That's one of the main challenges after a hurricane", Jenkins said.

But the feeling was fleeting for many others as supplies quickly dried up and tensions tightened.

These ports cannot reopen without passing inspection from the U.S. Coast Guard on all docks, facilities and ports.

Currently, Miami, Port Everglades, Port Canaveral, Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, JaxPort and Key West are closed.

Governor Rick Scott emphasized Tuesday morning that tanker trucks are loading from storage tanks at Port Tampa Bay and Port Everglades, even though tanker vessels have not been able to enter yet to replenish the ports' supplies. "We are just waiting for clearance from the Coast Guard". Four petroleum-carrying vessels were waiting to bring much-needed fuel into the port as soon as it reopened, port officials said.

Port CEO John Murray said Seaport Canaveral is operating at 100 percent and is moving gasoline, diesel and jet fuel throughout the state.

Livingston said 12 petroleum companies operate out of the port and five were operational and were sending out trucks as of 8 a.m. with fuel from their pre-Hurricane Irma reserves. "AAA spokesman said in a statement". The port at Charleston, S.C., which said it was suspending operations Monday afternoon as a weakened Irma barreled north, expects to reopen Tuesday. "Any gasoline consumption is going to drain what little there is, so I would strongly urge people to only drive when truly necessary".

Now in the wake of Irma, suppliers are trying to keep gas stations full of fuel, but motorists should be prepared for scarce supply as Florida evacuees return to their homes in large numbers.

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