Gov. Scott: Getting Fuel Is A Top Priority For Residents

Gov. Rick Scott announced while speaking in Hialeah Thursday morning, that he's working to get federal rules and regulations waived to get as much fuel into the state as possible. 

This comes as long lines and fuel outages take place while Floridians rush to get out of Irma's path.  

Scott says heavy traffic is making it difficult for fuel trucks to get to stations. He acknowledged the current situation as "frustrating," but said the state is working with federal authorities and other states to move as much gas into the state.

This includes having the Florida Highway Patrol escort fuel trucks.

Beth Frady, a spokeswoman for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, said that during the night troopers helped escort trucks from two Florida ports to stations in Marion and Martin counties.

Troopers were also escorting trucks from Georgia to stations in Perry, which is located in north central Florida.

Mandatory evacuations are in place for the Florida Keys, and  around 31,000 people have left the Keys since Wednesday. 

Additionally, mandatory evacuations has been put in place for many other South Florida locations, including areas of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. 

Scott says deadly storm surges and life-threatening winds could impact both sides of the coast.  

Irma should still be a Category 4 storm when it makes landfall near Miami sometime Saturday or Sunday.

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