Gas Stations Switching to Generators During Hurricanes

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The state law does not require gas stations to buy a generator. But it does mandate that the stations be wired to covert to generator power if the station is newly built, undergoing major renovations or located near an interstate or evacuation route.

Jim Smith is spokesman for the association that represents many small station owners. He says gas stations are not happy with the expense of the new generator law, but they are complying.

SMITH: They're business people, and they want to be open and available to the public, when they can be. And secondly, they all live in the same neighborhoods that everyone else is in, so they've got a responsibility to their neighbors.

Smith estimates 20 percent of the stations are already capable of switching to generators to pump gas, and the deadline is not until June of next year.

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