At One Fuel Station Cars Stretched For Over A Mile And Hundreds of Drivers Waited For Over An Hour
One fuel station in Florida had cars parked for over a mile, with hundreds of people waiting for gasoline. The line was so long that cars were piled into a single row. It was so long that motorists could barely move, but people did manage to share oranges. This situation has led to many questions.
Hurricane Ian’s path
Hurricane Ian is forecast to bring life-threatening flooding, storm surge, and strong winds. It weakened slightly while crossing the Florida peninsula but regained its strength as it crossed the Atlantic. The storm hit South Carolina as a tropical storm with winds of 85 mph, but later turned into a hurricane before it hit the Florida Gulf Coast. The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 150 to 240 mph. The hurricane was so strong it destroyed homes and other structures.
The flood waters from Hurricane Michael are sloshing slowly down the rivers of central Florida. While some areas were unaffected by the storm on Thursday, others are expected to experience flooding in the coming days. The governor says that areas that flooded on Thursday will see more water over the weekend.
Damage to towers
A storm has damaged a number of cell towers in the state, causing service impairments in some parts of Florida. Infrastructure such as cell towers has been damaged by the storm, and cell towers are currently out of service in Lee, Charlotte and Volusia counties. Cell tower crews are working to restore service at impacted sites and deploy temporary cell sites that can supplement out-of-service towers.
Fuel lines stretched over a mile and hundreds of drivers waited for over an hour to get gas in Florida. Some motorists fought with one another over who got to be first and who got to cut the line. One Florida gas station even had police shut off service. The chain reaction brought traffic to a standstill for 15 miles. Environmentalists blamed the state’s heavy reliance on oil and pointed out the need for more fuel-efficient cars and hybrids. However, SUV enthusiasts say the environmentalists are to blame, pointing to the anti-pipeline attitude that many eco-friendly organizations have toward the oil industry.
The state of Florida is still assessing the damage from Hurricane Ian. Gov. Ron DeSantis called for calm and a quick recovery, while stating the state will assist its residents. But some areas are still without power. Some areas are shut off by multiple roads.
The problem began with a jackknifed truck. Soon the road was blocked for 40 miles and lanes were closed in both directions. The snow, falling at two inches per hour, added to the congestion. Hundreds of people were stranded. Many were worried about fuel, water, and food. One family reportedly went 18 hours without eating. Fortunately, there were no serious injuries or fatalities. Still, drivers were frustrated and angry.