Gasoline still scarce across much of Panhandle after Dennis

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP)_Gas is still a scarce commodity across much of the Florida Panhandle.

Just five days ago, Hurricane Dennis shut off power to filling stations and blocked access to the ports that supply fuel to the northern Gulf Coast.

Electricity is back in most places, but it could be late this weekend before all depleted gasoline terminals receive shipments. That means some motorists will continue to wait in lines for fuel if they can find it. Many stations are closed.

Barges that bring fuel into the region were unable to get into Panhandle ports until Wednesday when the Coast Guard reopened the Intracoastal Waterway. State officials say truck deliveries had been stepped up to make up some of the shortfall.

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