Half of Miami, Fort Lauderdale gas stations without fuel as Florida recovers from storm

The shortage followed heavy rain on April 11.

Published: April 20, 2023 12:32pm

About half of all gas stations in Miami and Fort Lauderdale do not have fuel Thursday while Florida recovers from massive storms.

Petroleum companies are making round-the-clock fuel deliveries and problems at the pump are expected to decrease, Broward County, where Fort Lauderdale is located, tweeted Thursday morning.

Southeast Florida received nearly 26 inches of rain in six hours last Wednesday, sparking the fuel shortage, The Miami Herald reported.

Patrick De Haan, head of the gas tracker at GasBuddy, said at noon Thursday that 49.4% of Miami and Fort Lauderdale gas stations are out of fuel, as are 29.1% of West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce gas stations.

The fuel shortage is abating somewhat from earlier in the day, when more than 60% of Miami and Fort Lauderdale stations did not have gas, as well as over a third of West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce stations.

The shortage may subside even more quickly. Sources told De Haan that the Environmental Protection Agency will issue an emergency fuel waiver to help rebuild supplies in southeast Florida.

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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