AAA: Gas Stations Resupplied After Outages Caused By Hurricane Dorian Preparation
By Space Coast Daily // September 3, 2019
Dorian has moved so slowly that it allowed time for Floridians to get gasoline and stations to be resupplied
(AAA) State officials say most – if not all – Florida gas stations have gasoline again. Late last week, Floridians swarmed the pumps, topping off their tanks and filling gas cans in preparation for Hurricane Dorian. The surge in demand left some gas stations on empty, but it appears things have stabilized.
“Fortunately, Dorian has moved so slowly that it allowed plenty of time for Floridians to get gasoline, and gas stations to be resupplied,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.
“Now comes more of the waiting game. Most of Florida’s ports on the east coast are or will be closed soon, which means no gasoline coming in or out of those ports.
“In the meantime, gas stations will rely on tanker trucks to make gasoline deliveries from terminals like Orlando and Tampa, until the storm passes.
Statewide, gasoline supplies are still good. Gasoline deliveries will continue to be made as along as conditions are safe. The governor has approved law enforcement escorts for tanker trucks when necessary.”
Florida gas prices have held relatively steady since a state of emergency was declared on Thursday.
Since that time, Florida gas prices have averaged $2.44 per gallon. However, drivers likely noticed a 7 cent bump earlier in the week – before the state of emergency – which was likely due to retailers’ expectations of higher demand for the Labor Day holiday.
Labor Day gas prices did end up being the lowest for the holiday since 2016. Florida drivers are paying 36 cents per gallon less than last year’s holiday, which amounts to a savings of nearly $5.50 for a full tank of gasoline.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of the summer travel season. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, summertime gas prices in Florida averaged $2.54 per gallon – 23 cents per gallon less than last summer.
The primary cause for lower prices at the pump this summer were lower crude oil prices, driven strong U.S. production and concerns that global demand cannot keep pace.
- Most expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.55), Panama City ($2.54), Tallahassee ($2.50)
- Least expensive metro markets – Pensacola ($2.39), Jacksonville ($2.41), Punta Gorda ($2.41)
Find Florida Gas Prices
- Daily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com
- State and metro averages can be found here
Gas Price Survey Methodology
AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CURRENT RADAR
WATCH: Follow Hurricane Dorian’s effect on the Space Coast via National Weather Service Radar
BREVARD COUNTY • NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Observations from Tuesday morning show that the strongest winds are along the barrier islands from the Cape south through Jupiter Inlet where sustained winds are around 30-35 mph with gusts around 40-45 mph.
High tide today will be around noon and this is the most likely time for coastal areas, and those along the Intracoastal Waterway, to experience flooding due to a combination of strong winds, surge, and higher than normal astronomical tides.
On the Space Coast, rain bands will increase in frequency across the area today as the center of Hurricane Dorian makes its closet approach Tuesday night into Wednesday.
These bands will contain wind gusts of 40-50 mph and heavy rainfall.
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SPACE COAST DAILY TV HURRICANE DORIAN 11 A.M. TUESDAY UPDATE: Space Daily’s Chris Bonanno discusses the latest report by the National Hurricane Center on Hurricane Dorian as of 11 a.m. Tuesday.
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER 11 A.M. UPDATE:
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The National Hurricane Center reported at 11 a.m. Tuesday that Hurricane Dorian weakened to a CAT 2.
The NHC forecast path continues to shift east as the center of the storm is now predicted to pass the Brevard County coastline at 100 mph approximately 60 to 80 miles east of the coast overnight on Tuesday.
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