US Hurricane Irma: Gov. Scott urges gas stations to stay open

23:21  07 september  2017
23:21  07 september  2017 Source:   MSN

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MIAMI (AP) — Gov . Rick Scott is urging all gas stations in Florida to stay open as long as possible to accommodate people who are trying to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma .

Gov . Rick Scott is urging all gas stations in Florida to stay open as long as possible to accommodate evacuees. Scott even announced at his midday Thursday news conference that police escorts will get gas station employees out safely if necessary just ahead of Hurricane Irma .

Florida Governor Rick Scott takes questions during a news conference in Tallahassee, Fla.© (AP Photo/Joe Reedy) Florida Governor Rick Scott takes questions during a news conference in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott asked gas stations to stay open and for suppliers to bring more fuel to counter low supplies as Hurricane Irma barrels towards the state.

Scott Thursday offered state police escorts for fuel trucks and military escorts for fuel barges headed to the state. Many gas stations across the state are running out of fuel with a major spike in demand ahead of Hurricane Irma.

"We are aggressively working around the clock to bring more fuel to Florida gas stations," Scott said in a press conference Thursday. "I have held calls with the federal government, fuel retailers and oil companies to find ways to address this issue. During these calls, I made it clear to retailers and oil companies that I must know exactly what they need so we can work to get fuel to Floridians fast."

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Gov . Rick Scott is urging all gas stations in Florida to stay open as long as possible to accommodate evacuees. Scott even announced at his midday Thursday news conference that police escorts will get gas station employees out safely if necessary just ahead of Hurricane Irma .

Gov . Rick Scott is urging all gas stations in Florida to stay open as long as possible to accommodate evacuees. Scott even announced at his midday Thursday news conference that police escorts will get gas station employees out safely if necessary just ahead of Hurricane Irma .

About a hundred gas stations in Central Florida were without fuel Thursday, according to Gasbuddy.com's station tracker.

Hurricane Irma's track and strength has drivers across the state fueling up vehicles and filling up gas cans for generators. Many stations were limiting the types of fuel they received, offering only regular unleaded or diesel.

Residents in some parts of South Florida have already been ordered to evacuate as the storm could make landfall in the United States this weekend.

Scott said his office is working with suppliers and distributors get fuel as quickly as stations and offering law enforcement assistance to stations and employees.

Analysts said supplies continue to flow into the state through ports in Tampa, Jacksonville, Cape Canaveral and South Florida.

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Gov . Rick Scott is urging all gas stations in Florida to stay open as long as possible to accommodate evacuees. Scott even announced at his midday Thursday news conference that police escorts will get gas station employees out safely if necessary just ahead of Hurricane Irma .

Open Houses. Gov . Rick Scott , left, listens during a Tuesday afternoon briefing in Tallahassee that included discussions of the storm’s predicted path. Gov . Rick Scott urges Floridas to prepare, stay alert ahead of Hurricane Irma .

But truckers are being strained to get supplies to consumers with stations being drained so quickly.

Grocery stores are struggling as well and priority is shifting now to get water on shelves.

"This is a problem for all of Florida, so we have to get supplies to every store in the state," said Joe Caldwell, a spokesman for Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Winn-Dixie, Harvey's and a few other grocery store chains.

"We're not seeing bottlenecks in supply, but the biggest issue is the number of people when we get the product there. In some stores water isn't lasting 20 minutes."

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