Hurricane Idalia: What You Need to Know
As Tropical Storm Idalia strengthens into a Category 3 hurricane, Florida's Gulf Coast braces for life-threatening storm surges, winds, and flooding. With mandatory and voluntary evacuations already in place, it's crucial to prepare for the inevitable fuel shortages that accompany such natural disasters. Fuel Logic has been a reliable partner in past hurricanes, and we're here to help you navigate this challenging time.
The Incoming Storm: What We Know
Tropical Storm Idalia is forecasted to become a major hurricane before it reaches Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center and the University of Florida have issued Hurricane Watches for various parts of the state, including Alachua County and Tampa Bay. The storm is expected to bring dangerous hurricane-force winds, heavy rainfall leading to urban and flash flooding, and life-threatening storm surges.
- Rapid Intensification: Idalia is expected to intensify from a Category 1 to a Category 3 hurricane within 24 hours.
- Areas of Impact: While it's too early to specify the exact areas that will be affected, the west coast of Florida and the Florida panhandle are urged to prepare for significant impacts.
- Wind Speeds: The Gainesville area should prepare for hurricane-force winds equivalent to a Category 1 storm, ranging between 65 and 85 mph with gusts of up to 105 mph.
Fuel Logic's Response to Past Hurricanes
During the last hurricane in Florida, Hurricane Ian, Fuel Logic was interviewed by Bloomberg News for our efforts in responding to fuel shortages. We dedicated all our resources to help during the natural disaster, even bringing trucks and fuel from out of state. Most of our fleet was grounded in southern Florida, but we were fully operational as soon as conditions allowed.
How to Prepare: Tips from Fuel Logic's Preparedness Blog
In our preparedness blog, we discuss the importance of having generators during hurricane season. Here are some key takeaways:
Safety Tips for Using Generators:
- Keep the generator at least six feet away from your premises.
- Ensure the generator is away from doors and windows.
- Make sure the generator’s exhaust is facing away.
- Use a specially-made enclosure to protect the generator from severe weather.
Types of Backup Generators:
- Stationary Generators: Ideal for businesses where power is essential for operations. They turn on automatically when there's a power outage.
- Portable Generators: Suitable for short-term needs and can be rented. They are ideal for businesses that rarely need backup power.
Plan Ahead for Refueling:
Fuel Logic provides reliable off-road generator refueling services. We operate round-the-clock, delivering generator fuel to businesses in all industries.
What You Can Do Now To Prepair For Hurricane Idalia
- Order Emergency Fuel: Contact us to place an order for emergency fuel delivery. Our fuel agents are available 24/7.
- Emergency Contact: For immediate assistance, call us at 972-999-1777
- Fill Out Our Emergency Form: To expedite the process, you can also fill out our emergency fuel delivery form.
- Stay Informed: Keep an eye on the news and follow any evacuation orders or other instructions from local authorities.
Stay Safe and Get Prepared!
Your safety and the continuity of your operations are our top priorities. We urge you to take immediate action to prepare for this severe weather event. Fuel Logic is committed to providing reliable fuel delivery solutions, no matter the forecast.