Now that Hurricane Irma has left Florida, gasoline supplies are slowly coming back into the state. But thousands of gas stations remain closed anyway.
That’s because, with electricity out throughout the peninsula, even stations that have access to gas have no way to get it into people’s vehicles.
“Power is the issue. Most of these gas stations don’t have backup generation that can allow the pumps to work,” says John Kilduff, founding partner of Again Capital, an energy investment firm.
About 40 percent of gas stations remained closed in Florida, and the number was as high as 65 percent in some places, says Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst at the crowdsourcing website Gasbuddy.com.
A lot of stations ran out of fuel last week as millions of Floridians began to evacuate in anticipation of the storm and rushed to fill their tanks. Many of those who remained behind also bought gas just to be on the safe side.
Although the storm is gone, many of those stations are still closed, says Tampa resident Matthew Kemp, who has been tracking fuel supplies on a smartphone app.