Governor Ron DeSantis Tuesday evening declared a state of emergency over Florida’s gas shortage after “hackers” caused the Colonial Pipeline to shut down.
DeSantis said the state’s Attorney General is on the lookout for price gouging.
According to Fox 13, between 1/3 and 1/2 of gas stations in Florida are out of gas.
Long lines and gas shortages are being reported in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Panic buying Escambia County caused gas prices to surge:
SKY HIGH GAS PRICES: We’ve received calls into the @weartv newsroom about this #gas station in #EscambiaCounty selling regular gas for $4.29/gallon. Within a minute of our news car showing up, it was dropped to $3.29. Check it out 👇🏼 Are you paying more at the pump? #GasShortage pic.twitter.com/ghyAnQO7f6
— Renee Beninate (@reneebeninate) May 10, 2021
Gas shortage and long lines (Biden gas lines) in Quincy, Florida:
GAS SHORTAGE: This driver recorded long lines at six gas stations in Quincy, Florida on Monday, as several southeastern states face gas shortages due to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline from a cyberattack. https://t.co/u6vGuawxXk pic.twitter.com/GwIhREFbOM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 11, 2021
Governor DeSantis’ executive order says “the disruption of Colonial Pipeline operations poses a significant and immediate threat to the continued delivery of such fuel products to the State of Florida and many other states located in the Eastern United States,” and the attack “poses a severe threat to the State of Florida and requires that immediate measures be taken to protect and to facilitate the continued delivery of such fuel products to this State, until such time as Colonial Pipeline operations have fully resumed.”
The order will also remove limits on weight for tanker trucks and allows them to travel around the clock.
Meanwhile, the Biden Admin is sitting back and doing nothing after a cyberattack affected gas distribution for 1/3 of the country.
Governor Roy Cooper also declared a state of emergency over North Carolina’s gas shortage.