Pumps low on fuel during Hurricane Irma evacuation

Pumps low on fuel during Hurricane Irma

If you've tried filling up on gas, you may have noticed signs and plastic bags letting you know the gas station's fuel supply is on "E." In Warner Robins, nearly every gas station on Highway 96 in is either out of gas or very low.

For the second year in a row, Janis Farr is gassing up and leaving her home in Hilton Head, South Carolina behind. “It just seems so surreal that it's happening again,” said Farr. “We were hit last year by Matthew. I'm trying to get out of the way of the hurricane.”

But finding a place to refuel is making the trip to shelter even more difficult. “I'm glad I got here when I did,” said Farr.

At noon on Friday, The Circle K gas station is the only one Highway 96 in Warner Robins with gas, and they're starting to run out. Stormy Bessent works at the Shell Service station just a few miles away. “Yesterday morning, we had 30,000 gallons and we ran out last night. We have no gas,” said Bessent.

The Express Gas station next door ran out Friday morning. Employees say they're not sure when they're next shipment will come in. “We were supposed to get more today, but, I mean, you can't predict what's going to happen,” said Bessent.

To help out with the gas shortage, Bessent says if it’s not an emergency, don't come to the pump. “People are panicking. They're thinking that they're going to run out of gas.”

Bessent say we should save the fuel for evacuees like Janis Farr who are just trying to make it to shelter.

Bessent says the Shell service station won't have gas until next Wednesday after Hurricane Irma passes through. 

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