Fuel trucks begin making deliveries to South Florida gas stations
5 petroleum companies currently operational at Port Everglades
PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. – Fuel trucks begun to make deliveries Tuesday morning to gas stations throughout South Florida.
The trucks began heading out early Tuesday from Port Everglades, which supplies 100 percent of fuel to gas stations in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties, Local 10 News reporter Layron Livingston said.
Livingston said 12 petroleum companies operate out of the port and five were operational and were sending out trucks as of 8 a.m. with fuel from their pre-Hurricane Irma reserves.
He said another five are expected to be up and running by noon.
Two were damaged by the storm.
The fuel that the port currently has in its reserves is enough for four days, officials said.
As of 8 a.m., there were three fuel tankers waiting off shore to get clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard.
There were also two cargo ships and three cruise ships waiting to dock at Port Everglades, including two Carnival ships and one Royal Caribbean ship.
Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday afternoon that the Coast Guard has approved reopening Port Everglades. He said the fuel tankers would be given top priority.
Some South Florida gas stations are still without power, but some are equipped with generators.
Click here to see a list of gas stations that are able to run their pumps, despite losing electricity.
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