South Floridians flock to gas stations ahead of Hurricane Irma

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - South Floridians continue to prepare for Hurricane Irma as plenty of gas stations have seen longer and longer lines.

Whether it be late at night or during the early morning hours, gas stations have been packed from Miami-Dade to Broward counties. Some gas stations around Fort Lauderdale even ran out of gas throughout the week.

While one driver actually ran out of gas while looking for a station to fill up at, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a press conference, Thursday, that more gas trucks are being sent to South Florida to replenish those empty stations.

7News crews was at a Speedway gas station along U.S. 1 and Southeast 16th Street where there was hardly any cars waiting in line, as of 8:30 p.m., Thursday.

At a Chevron gas station, located along U.S. 1 and State Road 84, a tanker drove up carrying 9,000 gallons of gas. With that amount of gas, the gas station could service about 600 cars.

Viewers watching 7News said they saved a lot of time because they knew exactly where to go.

“My wife told me. She said, ‘There’s a gas station over by the port,’ so I had to run over here. I couldn’t help it!” said one man getting gas.

When asked where he heard about the short lines he said, “Channel 7, as usual. I see you daily.”

At the Raceway on State Road 84, earlier in the week, drivers rushed to get every last drop of gas. “I was in line for a while, I made it here,” said a man. “If I can make it here, I have faith in the future.”

Some gas stations that have gasoline were reporting running out of unleaded, leaving drivers with only premium fuel. “Yeah, I gotta say, it’s quite a nuisance,” said another man. “I’m just getting some gas and I’m looking to get out of here as fast as possible.”

The Racetrac in Miami Gardens along Northwest 27th Avenue completely ran out of gas, Wednesday morning, as of 7 a.m. “It’s a monster,” said Bobby Scott. “Seeing what happened in Texas, we have to take all the precautions.”

Not only is gasoline in high demand, as propane tanks have been selling out across several gas stations. At 24/7 Propane in Northwest Miami-Dade, people were seen taking home multiple propane tanks.

“I just got out of Broward General,” said a woman. “I said, ‘Let me go get the gas before I go before it’s all gone.'”

The managers at the Chevron gas station said they expect to be open until midnight Thursday and reopen early Friday morning, until 12 a.m., before closing down.

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