East Coast evacuees strain Polk gas supplies

Some Polk County gas stations are out of gasoline and might have to wait until Monday for a resupply.

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WTSP) -- If you travel around Polk County, you'll find a lot of gas pumps that are out of gas. That's partly because so many people have evacuated from the East Coast.

"Right now, I don't know what's going to happen going back, if there's a lot of people leaving early going back, so I'm going to top this thing off right now," said Leonard Cascioli, who was filling his tank before heading home Friday morning.

There are still quite a few gas stations that are open.

However, people filling up before and during the storm has put a lot of pressure on gas stations in Polk, and that might continue as they go back home.

"We know we're probably going to be without power, but I'll be happy to see my house standing most of all," Russ Notaro said.

Officials said the problem isn't with the gas supply; it's transporting the existing supply.

Some stations without gas, like the Coastal Mart on US 98 N in Lakeland, are waiting for their next shipment, but it could come as late as Monday.

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