Only 41 percent of gas stations in the greater Orlando region are able to sell gas three days after Hurricane Irma passed through Florida, according to data from Gasbuddy.com.
Fuel price tracking website Gasbuddy.com’s data shows that nearly a third of stations are without fuel and hundreds don’t have electricity to run pumps.
But the numbers are improving from Tuesday, when only a quarter of stations have the ability to deliver fuel.
Gas shortages have been rampant across the region after Hurricane Irma tore through the center of the state Sunday night and Monday morning. A quarter of the state’s residents are still without power, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
“It is getting better every day,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior analyst for Gasbuddy.com. “You just had a major disruption to the gas supply, a sudden increase in demand and a lot of stations that still are not operating.”
Gas supply operations were virtually shut down from Friday night until Tuesday morning. Port closures stopped pipelines from delivering fuel to local terminals.
Many stations and distributors were forced to bring trucks in from terminals in other states.
Now as consumers refuel, they are finding many stations incapable of meeting their needs.
DeHaan said the number of stations without power could be putting pressure on those that are pumping gas.
“We’ve already seen a drastic improvement in the number of stations,” DeHaan said. “There isn’t a supply problem at this point, so the situation should keep improving.”