Updated 3:50 P.M. on Friday, September 14, 2018
If you’re thinking about evacuating before Hurricane Florence makes landfall, there’s still time to get gas in the Midlands.
Despite a “significant uptick” in Midlands and Upstate fuel purchases and some reports of gas stations running out of fuel, there’s still plenty of gas in the Columbia area, said Michael Fields, the executive director of the S.C. Petroleum Marketing Association.
“There are some spot outages...some might just have premium left,” Fields said.
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Monday night, a reporter from The State reported a BP gas station on 2900 Rosewood was temporarily out of gas. Another reporter found the Pitt Stop at 200 Knox Abbott Dr. in Cayce was out of fuel Monday, but had gas available Friday afternoon.
“Due to the evacuation, there has been a higher demand for fuel and with directional lane changes it has created longer delivery times for fuel trucks,” the South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores said in a written statement.
On Tuesday morning, another reporter from The State checked four local gas stations and found they all had fuel and were selling it for roughly $2.53.
Pops on Assembly Street, which had lines for gas Monday afternoon but not Tuesday morning, is “very low” on gas, manager Tiffany Tillman said. “We don’t expect to make it to two days... Hopefully (the refuel trucks) can make it before the rain comes.”
Gas stations that still had gas as of early Friday afternoon include:
- Sunoco Gas Station on 625 Whaley St.
- Newman’s Circle N Station on 905 Bluff Rd.
- Gaz-Bah Mini Shop on 1501 Bluff Rd.
- Gaz-Bah on 3400 Devine Street
- Sunset Point on 1701 Rosewood Dr.
- Murphy on 7530 Garners Ferry Rd.
- Spinx on 7467 Garners Ferry Rd.
- Spinx on 7232 Garners Ferry Rd.
- Corner Pantry on 830 Assembly St.
- Shell on 4805 Garner Ferry’s Rd.
- Shell on 6524 Garners Ferry Rd.
- Shell on 1425 Bluff Rd.
- Shell on 2022 Bluff Rd.
- BP on 905 Bluff Rd.
- Pitt Stop on 4452 Devine St.
- BP on 1000 Elwood Av.
- Citgo on 205 Assembly St.
Some refuel trucks are waiting in longer than usual lines to get gas from the pipes or tankers that fill them up, but that shouldn’t cause any serious shortages.
“The fuel is there,” Fields said.
Asked whether it would be smart for evacuees to fuel up now, or leave early to try to beat traffic, Fields said the best move is to get gas as soon as it’s available.
“I would get it before I get in the car and get going,” Fields said.
— Isabella Cueto and Jeff Wilkinson contributed to this report
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