State: Enough Gas Available after Hurricanes for Crucial Services

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Florida's fuel supply is fragile when it comes to hurricanes. Supplies can be disrupted when ports are shut down. It also is vulnerable to the loss of electricity.

A new state law requires fuel terminals to be operational within 36 hours after a storm. But David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Institute, says the industry has a year to comply.

MICA: 'However what we heard this morning is that many companies are prepared right now and we have expectations to exceed that.'

Oil company representatives, marketers and convenience store operators met with state regulators to review procedures and discuss an anticipated demand for fuel because many Floridians have purchased generators.

Bobbie O'Brien, WUSF 89.7 News.

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