Oil tankers are streaming into Florida’s ports as demand for gasoline spikes with Hurricane Irma evacuees returning home.
Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday night said he’s “made it clear” that getting gasoline to the pumps and turning the lights back on are tied for his No. 1 priority. Scott “will continue to aggressively work until every Floridian can return to work and their kids can go back to school,” his office said in a press release.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson asked the Federal Trade Commission to keep a lookout for price gougers ahead of Hurricane Irma’s potential landfall on Florida shores.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, state officials issued an emergency rule Thursday allowing fuel from other parts of the country with a different chemical make-up to be sold in Florida. The new regulation will allow more and different kinds of gas to be sold, in reaction to the diminishing supply caused by Hurricane—now Tropical Storm—Harvey, which shut down refineries along the Gulf coast.
As Hurricane Harvey bears down on the Texas coast, gasoline prices in Florida are expected to jump in the next week. Oil refineries sit in the projected path of the storm, and much of the gas that Florida receives is shipped across the Gulf of Mexico from those refineries.