Gas Shortage Shifts From Texas to Florida

September 6, 2017

Truckers who hauled gasoline to Texas last week from Florida may run the same route in reverse next week as Hurricane Irma bears down on the Sunshine State.

South Floridians are stocking up on supplies like gasoline and water while preparing to evacuate to the northern part of the state ahead of Irma, which is forecast to bring winds as high as 150 miles (240 kilometers) an hour to the state. More than 1,800 stations in Florida metropolitan areas were without fuel late Thursday, according to GasBuddy.com, a retail price-tracking service.

Florida highways were already seeing major traffic bottlenecks as a mandatory evacuation got underway. Governor Rick Scott said fuel availability is a top priority and that state police will escort delivery trucks to gas stations along evacuation routes during a televised news conference early Thursday.

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