TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday the Florida Highway Patrol would soon begin escorting fuel trucks to help resupply gas stations in advance of Hurricane Dorian.
Gasbuddy, whose representatives helped state officials track fuel shortages in 2017 during Hurricane Irma, reported Friday that more than half of gas stations in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area were out of fuel, stretched from the demand of drivers filling up before the storm hits.
A consultant’s review requested by the state recommended earlier this year increasing loading capacity at fuel terminals around the state to avoid fuel shortages during storms. And DeSantis today acknowledged the lack of ability to resupply stations quickly enough may be a factor in the fuel supply at many stations as Dorian threatens the state.
“We have a lot of fuel in Florida,” DeSantis said. “We just have limited capacity to bring it from the ports to gas stations because you can only have so many trucks at one time doing that.”
DeSantis also said cars are lined up at some gas stations, making it difficult for trucks to bring in new fuel supplies. He said having state troopers escort trucks should help alleviate the problem.
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