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After Hurricane Irma, many stranded in Gainesville without gas

Several motorists from South Florida wait for gas pumps to be replenished at a Kangaroo gas station in Gainesville Monday. (Josslyn Howard/WGFL)

Now that Hurricane Irma has come and gone, many of the people from South Florida who evacuated north are now stranded in Gainesville without gas.

Several cars were parked in front of the pumps at a Kangaroo gas station Monday afternoon but no one was going anywhere.

One woman told CBS 4 Gainesville that she was a registered nurse from Tampa who really needed to get back to work. She said many people suffered a lot more because of storm than her but broke down in tears at the possibility she wouldn't make it back to work to help people. She said she could go maybe another 15 miles but didn't want to run out while searching for gas.

She and others were desperate to know when the dry stations around North Central Florida would be replenished.

Gas has been at a premium since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, and emergency operations officials said prior to the storm that Gainesville had the least gas in the state. Gov. Rick Scott promised gas would be shipped to the state to make sure everyone had enough to flee to safety.

County Emergency Operations officials said Monday they didn't have any control or new information about the lack of gas.

UPDATE: Tankers of gas are starting to arrive in Gainesville.


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