When will South Florida gas stations return back to normal after the shortage?

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Gas shortages at several gas stations in South Florida were caused by historic floods in Broward County, but that should soon change, according to AAA on Monday.

The Port Everglades petroleum terminals, which serve as a hub for nearly 40 percent of the gasoline sailed into the state, were unable to operate as a result of the floods, according to AAA.

“To offset the shortage, gasoline was brought in from Port Canaveral, Tampa, and Orlando,” a news release from AAA stated. “The good news is that operations have reportedly been restored at Port Everglades and gasoline supplies in the region should return to normal very soon. It’s just a matter of filling the gasoline trucks at the terminals and delivering the fuel to the gas stations that need it.”

Residents who have experienced flood damage to their home or vehicle are advised by AAA to take pictures of the damage and get in touch with their insurance company as soon as possible to start the claims procedure.

“Residents should also be very leery or careful not to fall victim to contractor fraud,” the news release stated.

Florida gas prices decreased by a few cents last week, but they could soon increase as worries about a worldwide oil shortage led to an increase in oil prices last week.

“The U.S. price of crude only rose 2 percent, but it was enough to reach a new 2023 high of $83.26 per barrel,” the news release stated. “Ultimately, it amounts to what could be a 5-cent increase at the pump.”

At the moment, Miami ($3.65), Fort Lauderdale ($3.63), and West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.74) are the most costly metro areas. Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($3.44), Panama City ($3.44), and Pensacola ($3.46) are the least-priced metro areas.

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