Florida Gov. DeSantis declares state of emergency in response to fuel shortages

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Photo credit Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
By , 1010 WINS Newsroom

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday night declared a state of emergency in response to fuel shortages across the state.

The executive order activates the Florida National Guard "as needed," and directs state emergency management officials to work with federal and local officials.

The fuel shortages are a result of the halted operations of the Colonial Pipeline, which was targeted by hackers. The company said it's aiming to have most service restored by the end of the week.

DeSantis, in the executive order, said "the disruption of Colonial Pipeline operations poses a significant and immediate threat to the continued delivery of such fuel products to the State of Florida."

At a bill-signing in Jacksonville Tuesday, the Republican lawmaker said, “We really do need the federal government to step up and help, and we don’t want to see these long gas lines persist throughout the northern part of our state."


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