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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A South Florida continues to prepare for Hurricane Irma gas and water are high demand.

A gas station on U.S. 1 where it meets Card Sound Road in Florida City has been busy around the clock as Keys residents and visitors head north ahead of the storm. Most of the pumps were not running because they were out of gas.

Ruben Diaz, who has lived in Key West for ten years, stopped to gas up. He said he’s never evacuated in the past, but this time is different.

“It’s a Cat 5, maybe a Cat 4, we’re not taking any chances. We tied our boats up and we’re leaving,” he said.

Monty Pearson, who was also leaving the Keys, couldn’t agree more.

“If push comes to shove we can always replace her house but we cannot replace our lives,” Monty Pearson.

“We’re not sticking around. I don’t know if it’s going to be a Cat 4 or a Cat 5 but it is not worth it,” Niki Eysenbach.

So they decided to fuel up and head out.

“We’ve got a cooler with some food, pillows, clothes, important papers, and cash to get us through” said Pearson.

Another early bird to hit the road was Darla Pope who lives in Key West.

“We’ve got it all boarded up and ready to go, we’re just going to have to wait and see hopefully we won’t get in deep water,” she said.

Frank Huff, who was visiting Key West, cut his vacation short.

“We left at two this morning headed for Orlando to catch a flight from Orlando to Detroit and from Detroit to Pennsylvania,” said.

In addition to some gas stations out of fuel, those stocking up for the storm have found that bottled water is in short supply at grocery and big box stores. The stores that have water say it’s gone as soon as they restock the shelves.

Miami-Dade emergency managers say there are no mandatory evacuations for the county at this time but that may change depending on Irma’s course. They are advising residents who live in low-lying areas to start evacuating on Wednesday.

To make evacuations smoother, on Tuesday Governor Scott directed the Department of Transportation to suspend tolls across the entire state.

County offices, libraries, and public schools will be closed Thursday and Friday as a precaution.

All park activities, including after school programs, shelter rentals, community-based organization-related sports programs such as soccer, cheerleading and football programs will be cancelled beginning Thursday.

Comments (39)
  1. Surely this Hurricane is Trumps fault. All the Democrats will be anxiously awaiting to Trash our President when he publicly gives his condolences.

    Trump could literally cure cancer but yet there would always be someone out there saying what a terrible man he is.

    Real Americans took our country back from globalist elite! We wanted our jobs and our nation back! Our healthcare was too expensive. Mine is $700/month now (thanks to Obamacare). My car insurance is still $25 per month (from Insurance Panda), but what are the Democrats plans for that? If you look at Democrat strongholds like Detroit and New Orleans, car insurance will run you $300+ per month! Look for increase in taxes too!

    We are revolting against our Democrat/Socialist over-lords. And it feels good 🙂

    1. Richard Frey says:

      Conniew……I thought I wrote your comment…….Obviously Millions of Tax Payers agree with you, Liberalism and Communism are Too Close, I think even Bernie Backers are beginning to see the Light…….

  2. kevin.provance says:

    And Manatee, and Sarasota, and Pinellas, and DeSoto. It’s not just you, Dad!!!

  3. Again, Floridians live in a state surrounded by water on three sides, did they not think a storm would ever hit them? Few in the state have emergency supplies for a storm, no water, food or a car with a near empty tank? Shades of Bush vs. Gore, unprepared again?

    1. kwint says:

      I don’t get it either. Hurricane season starts every June. How hard is it to keep water, nonperishable food, batteries and some cans of gas … you know it’s coming! Why panic at the last minute … just buy the stuff in May.