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AAA: Florida Gas Stations Recovering From Surge In Fuel Demand

Gas pump with a bag over the nozzle that reads "sorry out of service"
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Lots of drivers in Tallahassee saw empty pumps in the last week.

Florida gas prices have held relatively steady even after last week's Colonial Pipeline outage led to a deluge of demand for gasoline, according to a press release from Triple-A. The pipeline operator says normal operations have resumed following a cyberattack.

The auto club says the state’s average price for gasoline is $2.89 per gallon. That's a penny more than a week ago and 2 cents less than this year's highest price of $2.91 per gallon, set in March.

AAA says Florida gas stations are still recovering from surging demand last week, as drivers lined up at pumps to top off their tanks. Although Tallahassee is the only major Florida market directly serviced by the Colonial Pipeline, gas shortages were reported throughout the state due to "panic buying."

"Unlike last week, fuel demand in Florida is now said to be lower than normal, because many Floridians went into the weekend with a full tank of gas," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "The lower demand should give gas stations time to replenish their tanks. State officials believe most Florida filling stations will have fuel again by the middle of the week."

During the pipeline outage, Tallahassee gas stations were supplemented by fuel deliveries driven over from Jacksonville. Now that Bainbridge terminals again receiving gasoline from the Colonial Pipeline, normal supply patterns should be restored for the Tallahassee market.

Florida ports continue to receive gasoline deliveries statewide, as 90% of the state's gasoline is delivered via cargo ships.

Gina Jordan is the host of Morning Edition for WFSU News. Gina is a Tallahassee native and graduate of Florida State University. She spent 15 years working in news/talk and country radio in Orlando before becoming a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU in 2008. Follow Gina: @hearyourthought on Twitter. Click below for Gina's full bio.