By Alton Mitchell
Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have taken a significant impact on fuel supplies across the southeastern United States. The duo of hurricanes and their wrath has resulted in limited fuel supplies across several states. Those shortages are now being seen at several gas stations across Chambers County that are either running low on fuel supplies or completely out.
Supplies were initially diminished when powerful Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas and Louisiana coast earlier this month. The storm system caused record rainfalls and flooding across a region of the country that supplies a vast amount of oil and gas to various points in the United States. As refineries and pipelines have begun production back across Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Irma formed in the Atlantic and raced towards Florida.
The powerful Hurricane Irma forced a mass evacuation of Florida. The storm system caused millions to evacuate the state and head north for safety. This put strain on the already limited fuel supplies in states such as Alabama.
On Monday as Irma made her way across Chambers County and cleared many areas of Florida the fuel shortage in the area began to show. At a Circle K store on U.S. 29 (20th Avenue) in Valley a clerk stated the store ran out of fuel on Sunday night. The clerk also stated that this time they are unsure how long the station will be without fuel. A sign on the doors of the gas station read:
Due to hurricanes Harey and Irma, Circle K is working with a limited fuel supply in many areas. During this time we are experiencing fuel outages at some stores.
Circle K is continually assessing the fuel situation and working hard to get our fuel supply to full capacity, to all our our stores, as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Circle K in Valley was not the only store in the area to show outages. The Circle K in nearby Lanett was also out of fuel on Monday night as was the Raceway in Lanett. The exodus from Florida is believed to be the cause of diminished gas supplies in Chambers County as many Florida residents took to Interstate 85 seeking shelter. Many motorists are now heading back to Florida to inspect damage to their properties.
Despite the shortages the average price of fuel in Alabama remained at $2.52. That price was below the national average of $2.67 per gallon. On average the price of gas in Alabama is up .04 cents from the same time last week, when the state had an average of $2.48 per gallon. Fuel supplies are expected to increase in the coming days.