MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- AAA says while Florence is affecting the availability of gas, it has only had a small impact on the price. Since Sunday, coastal cities in North and South Carolina have seen an increase of about two cents.
On Thursday, the EPA approved an emergency fuel waiver request from Governor Henry McMaster—the goal is to alleviate federal restriction and help ensure an adequate gas supply remains available in the state.
As the storm progresses, power outages and flooding could prevent drivers from delivering gas and consumers may not be able to use pumps if the station doesn’t have electricity.
For areas directly impacted by the storm, the biggest risk is disrupted pipeline operations. Two major pipelines, the Colonial Pipeline and Kinder Morgan’s Plantation Pipeline, run through South Carolina. Flooding and power outages have the potential to knock out parts of the pipelines and disrupt the transfer of gasoline and jet fuel, home heating oil, and other refined petroleum products throughout the state.
Officials say they are monitoring the situation but urge residents to take proper precautions.