ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida may be spared from the worst of rising gas prices and shortages following a cyberattack on one of the nation's largest sources of fuel.
The state gets most of its fuel by ship, according to the AAA, with about half of it coming through Port Tampa Bay. It's more likely impacts will be felt elsewhere across the Southeast to the East Coast, which are regions served by the downed Colonial Pipeline.
You can check the latest gas prices and fuel availability nearest you using GasBuddy's app and online tools. The crowd-sourced service has features showing stations that have no gasoline, no diesel and the price of gas -- if any is available.
As of Wednesday afternoon, GasBuddy was reporting plentiful supply up and down one of the state's largest routes in and out of Georgia, Interstate 75. Fuel shortages don't yet appear to be a problem along the highway into the Peach State, from Macon to the Atlanta metro area and toward the Georgia/Tennessee border.
GasBuddy said 73 percent of Pensacola stations had no gas, along with about 44 percent of Tallahassee stations. Elsewhere across the state, gas availability looked fine.
The average price of a gallon of unleaded fuel is $2.87 in Florida, according to GasBuddy. Nationally, the average is $2.97 a gallon.
Under a state of emergency, businesses are not allowed to unfairly hike the price of necessary commodities, like gas.
The state has activated its price gouging hotline. You can call 866-966-7226 or click here to report suspected price gouging. Attorney General Ashley Moody reminded Floridians to avoid price gouging from happening they should only purchase gas when they need it.
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