Don’t panic: Drivers Encouraged to Maintain Normal Fuel Buying Habits in Advance of Tropical Depression 

Everyone will remember the dry pumps at gas stations around Devine last year during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Experts remind everyone that the “shortages” were not really shortages, but rather a result of panic. Read the old article from August 2017 which explains why you shouldn’t rush to the pump.

Texas Food & Fuel Association Encourages Motorists to Maintain Normal Fuel Buying Habits in Advance of Tropical Depression 

Austin, TX – September 13, 2018 —  As Tropical Depression Invest 95L nears, the Texas Food & Fuel Association (TFFA) is encouraging motorists to maintain normal habits when it comes to purchasing fuel from conveniences stores.

Currently, there are no refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast that have slowed production or closed operations due to Invest 95L.  Supply remains strong and fuel marketers are operating on normal delivery schedules.

Texas is home to over 15,600 convenience stores who sell approximately 18 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel each year.

Fuel availability remains on pace with demand; however, the unprecedented spike in demand experienced during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 has TFFA keeping a close eye on consumer buying habits.

“Convenience stores in Texas work closely with their fuel distributors to maintain an adequate supply of fuel to meet normal demand,’ said Paul Hardin, President/CEO of TFFA.  “Right now, fuel is flowing throughout the state and we do not anticipate localized flooding from the storm to have any impact to motorists at the pump,” he added.

Hardin adds that fluctuations in gas prices are often seen before, during, and after major weather events due to the uncertainty of a storms impact. According to GasBuddy, the average gas price in Texas is $2.58/gallon..

As Invest 95L makes it way to the Texas Gulf Coast, weather forecasters are monitoring the disorganized cluster of clouds and their potential to form into a hurricane.  Likewise, TFFA plans to continue monitoring the fuel supply chain and motorist buying habits at the pump.