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AAA Michigan: Statewide average gas prices rise 7 cents

AAA Michigan: Statewide average gas prices rise 7 cents”

Floridians are facing a worsening gasoline shortage as motorists hitting the road to avoid Hurricane Irma's path.

About 49 percent of gas stations in the Naples-Fort Meyers area were without gas Sunday morning, according to GasBuddy. Petersburg markets had no fuel at 38% and 35% of stations, respectively. GasBuddy says 30 percent of the stations in Jacksonville, Georgia are dry, as are 26 percent of stations in Savannah.

The fuel outages come as Florida officials order mandatory evacuations for many counties in South Florida ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Irma on Sunday.

Maguire said that more than a dozen refineries were affected by Harvey, which first made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane.

"One of our top priorities is fuel availability", Gov. Scott said at a press conference on Thursday.

"Whenever there are concerns about supply, it creates demand, as we're seeing right now", Mary Maguire, spokeswoman for AAA Northeast in MA, said Thursday, as images of cars lined up at gas stations in the Sunshine State circulated the internet.

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Mostly due to the impact of Hurricane Harvey, the average gallon of gas in Florida sold for $2.73 on Saturday, according to AAA. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama agreed to waive their own regulations for fuel trucks, and emergency fuel contractors secured 1.5 million gallons of fuel.

More fuel is on its way to Florida.

"We've seen a dramatic surge in gas prices, there's no doubt about that", Maguire said. A fuel ship from a MS refinery was given a military escort to the Port of Tampa. Southern Florida relies heavily on fuel that's shipped to its ports, while the Colonial Pipeline supplies markets further north and up the East Coast.

To help ease Florida's troubles, Governor Scott has also taken several steps to try to speed up gas deliveries and encourage gas stations to remain open as long as possible.

The average price for a gallon of regular was $2.58, said Gasbuddy.com, Monday.

Gas prices in northern New England have gone up a bit more in the last week, but may have peaked as refineries return to production following Hurricane Harvey.



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