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Gas stations in Texas are reporting shortages due to Harvey

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Gas stations in several Texas cities are reporting shortages after Tropical Depression Harvey battered the region, according to multiple reports.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Thursday that several gas stations in the city are reporting that they are out of gas following the storm.

Employees at multiple Chevron, Exxon and 7-Eleven locations on San Antonio’s North Side said they had run out of fuel and had not yet received scheduled shipments.

“Hurricane Harvey has impacted many gas refineries, and Texas is experiencing a gas supply shortage as a result,” 7-Eleven said in a statement. “We are doing everything we can to provide gas to our customers as it becomes available.”

Braden Reddal, senior external affairs advisor for Chevron, said the company’s gas supplies across Texas are currently varied due to Harvey.

“We are assessing all options to supply fuel to customers in areas where shortages exist and are working with customers to deliver fuel as product supplies become available,” he said in an email.

QuikTrip spokesman Mike Thornbrugh told The Star-Telegram that the chain had plans to stop selling gasoline at about half of its stores this weekend.

“If we tried to keep every store full of gasoline, we’d have outages everywhere,” he said of QuikTrip, which operates 135 stores in north Texas.

RaceTrac spokeswoman Liz McIntyre said that the company, which owns 112 stores in north Texas, is expecting a disruption in its own gas supplies across Texas.

“RaceTrac, along with other fuel outlets in the area, is working to get ahead of any supply issues and minimize the disruption caused by the effects of Hurricane Harvey,” she said.

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Gas prices in the Fort Worth-Arlington area spiked to an average of $2.39 a gallon late Wednesday, according to the fuel price tracking website GasBuddy.

GasBuddy said gas prices in the same area had been about $2.17 a gallon at the start of the week.

More than 20 percent of America’s refining capacity’s are currently closed because of Harvey, with gas prices expected to rise as a result.

The average price of gas in Texas is now $2.26 a gallon, which is about 12 cents a gallon higher than when Harvey first made landfall there last Friday.

Harvey has resulted in a confirmed death toll of at least 31 people since it reached the U.S. as a Category 4 hurricane that day.

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