Gov. Rick Scott is urging all South Florida gas stations to stay open as long as possible before Hurricane Irma makes landfall in the area. 

Scott even announced at his midday Thursday news conference that police escorts will get gas station employees out safely if necessary just ahead of the storm.

He says authorities are already escorting fuel tankers through traffic and to gas stations as quickly as possible.

Scott says all of the state's ports are still operating, bringing in fuel and supplies.He urged residents to take only as much gas as they need to make sure there is enough for everyone who needs it.

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