Relief on the way after temporary gas shortage



ORLANDO, Fla. - A temporary gas shortage in central Florida has caused a lot of frustration for people looking to fill up their cars over the weekend.

The problem started after heavy fog created tie-ups at the Central Florida Pipeline out of the Port of Tampa.

Officials said when that happens Tampa gets served first.

Any gas that was distributed over the weekend was a rationing, but WFTV learned a new supply left Tampa Friday, and has a two-day trek to get to central Florida.

It's expected stations will be at their regular operating levels by Monday or Tuesday.

A sign promoting Florida’s Mega Millions jackpot instead of a plastic bag was a welcome sight at the pump for driver Jesse Windom.

“I think it’s a good thing to have the signs out. It’s also a good thing to have gas,” Windom said.

Two days ago the Chevron on south Orange Avenue was one of several in the area that was running dry.

Susie Maher said she was turned away when she went to fill up on Thursday.

“It’s really frustrating when I put the kids in the car and everything,” Maher said.

The manager said he’s been waiting for his supplier to come Monday, but was relieved to see a tanker show up early with enough fuel to get through the weekend.

Some customers said they think the recent hike in gas prices is connected to the shortage.

AAA officials said it’s likely that’s not the case.

The average price for regular gas in Orlando is now at $3.51 and prices are expected to inch up through the spring.