Contaminated Gasoline in Florida: Authorities Issue Warning

Possible Contaminated Gasoline in Florida: Idalia Storm Increases Concerns

Residents in Florida have been warned about the possible presence of contaminated gasoline along the Gulf Coast. The warning about infected fuel comes as residents prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Idalia. As of Monday, August 28th, the storm was near the coast of Cuba and heading towards the southern United States. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) issued a report on the contaminated fuel.

The FDACS stated that gasoline purchased after 10:00 a.m. (local time) on Saturday, August 26th, was contaminated. This happened only at select stations supplied by the well-known company Citgo within Florida. It was detailed that the fuel had a high probability of being infected with diesel, prompting immediate alert. The company identified 29 affected stations, including chains like 7-Eleven, BJ’s Wholesale, and other convenience stores.

Warnings and detection of the impure gasoline occurred in cities such as Tampa, Fort Myers, Sarasota, and more, as reported by AP. This was due to a “human error,” according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Citgo, based in Houston, mentioned a product routing issue at its Tampa terminal, as described by the aforementioned agency. The company has notified locations with potentially contaminated fuel and asked them to suspend sales.

Citgo is currently working to remove the impure fuel from all potentially affected locations, AP noted. Officials stated that the contaminated gasoline could damage vehicle engines or cause them to malfunction. This is an even greater concern if there are many potentially evacuated residents as Idalia approaches. The contamination of the Tampa port is “happening right in the lead-up to the storm,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

“If consumers fill up at any of these stations, they probably shouldn’t use their car,” DeSantis said. “Because there could be people stranded on the roads,” he added during the press conference on Sunday, August 27th. Meteorologists predict that Idalia will become a hurricane on Tuesday, August 29th, in the Gulf of Mexico, according to AP. It will then head towards the Gulf Coast of Florida, potentially occurring between that day and the following Wednesday, August 30th.

As concerns grow, the tropical storm Idalia could approach Florida with winds of over 179 km/h, becoming a category 3 hurricane. All consumers who believe they may have purchased contaminated gasoline are urged to file a complaint. These complaints should be directed to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in affected areas. Customers can also file a claim through Citgo’s Good Gas Guarantee program, as reported by The Associated Press.

In summary, while Florida prepares to face the impacts of Tropical Storm Idalia, a new concern arises. The possible contamination of gasoline in numerous service stations alarms residents who may face possible evacuation. Authorities and companies like Citgo are taking measures to address the situation faced in the state, aiming to ensure the safety of drivers, at a time when the community comes together to face natural challenges, as stated by AP.

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