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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Water and gasoline in short supply as potential hurricane bears down on The Villages

Water and gasoline were in short supply as a potential hurricane was bearing down on The Villages.

The Marathon service station at Lake Deaton Plaza was down to one pump by 11 a.m. Sunday. A long circular line formed for the single pump, with each motorist hoping to fill up or top off their gas tank. A clerk at the Marathon station said there was no certainty as to when a tanker might be arriving with more fuel.

Villagers dreaded seeing the yellow sleeve when approaching pumps on Sunday
Villagers dreaded seeing the yellow sleeve when approaching pumps on Sunday.
A long circular line formed at the Marathon station at Lake Deaton Plaza
A long circular line formed at the Marathon station at Lake Deaton Plaza.

The Walmart gas station at Sarasota Plaza was completely dry by noon Sunday. A clerk at the station said she was hopeful a refill tanker would be replenishing the fuel supply later in the afternoon.

The plentiful supply of fuel stood in marked contrast Sunday afternoon at RaceTrac on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Lady Lake. The gas station had plenty of gasoline and a fresh tanker truck had arrived at about noon.

Meanwhile, bottled water was in high demand and quickly disappearing from store shelves in The Villages.

Water was in short supply Sunday at Publix at Southern Trace in The Villages
Water was in short supply Sunday at Publix at Southern Trace in The Villages.

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