Road closures and power outages create challenges for retailers

17 September 2020

Finding gasoline in the panhandle may not be as easy as usual, due to Hurricane Sally. The storm has damaged bridges and flooded roads, creating fuel delivery challenges. Power outages at various gas stations have also left some gas pumps inoperable.  

The good news is, work is being done to clear roads and deliver gasoline to the areas that need it. A fuel barge is prepared to make a fuel delivery to the petroleum terminal in Niceville. From there, tanker trucks can load up and make diesel and gasoline deliveries to gas stations throughout the region. Additionally, gasoline is being driven over from Mobile, Alabama.

“The aftermath of a hurricane can be just as challenging for gas station owners as it is for Florida residents,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Gas stations lose power too.  When that happens, their pumps don’t work. For those that are operational, a surge of demand could empty whatever gasoline retailers have left in their tanks. Unfortunately, the timetable for their next delivery could vary based on their location, their contractual agreement with suppliers, and whether there are any road closures that prevent trucks from getting through. Either way, drivers should know that state officials are working to ensure the panhandle remains well-supplied with gasoline."

Because temporary shortage concerns exist, AAA discourages drivers from stockpiling gasoline supplies. Instead take only what you need to get by for a few days. Hoarding gasoline leads to additional gasoline outages, which affects other drivers.

Hurricane Sally has yet to impact the price drivers are paying at the pump.  In fact, the price of gasoline has declined for the past 13 consecutive days.  The state average is $2.15 per gallon.  That’s 4 cents less than a week ago. The average price remains 28 cents less than this time last year. Pump prices in the panhandle are on either side of the state average, but not significantly higher.

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