Vehicles streamed out of the Florida Key Monday, in response to orders from authorities to evacuate. The Keys evacuation covers 40 thousand residents—southwest of the 7-mile bridge – plus tourists. Tolls were suspended and—according to state officials—there’s ample gas. But, Governor Jeb Bush says conservation measures—adopted in the wake of Katrina—need to continue.
“That’s the new reality, particularly as Katrina’s impacts have not been fully compensated yet. They have not fully built capacity back up, so any kind of impact on supply, and that’s not just hitting the refineries but also shutting down the ports for imported oil, into the areas, New Orleans, Houston, Corpus, where fuel comes in, if the storm is approaching and gasoline has to be diverted we have to be managing that and be concerned it, which is why it’s important for all Floridians to conserve both gasoline as well as electricity.”
Gasoline prices in Florida have come down since reaching a high mark of about 3 dollars a gallon for regular unleaded—immediately after Hurricane Katrina.
Tuesday, 20 September 2005 01:00
GasWritten by WGCU Newsroom