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Updated: 09/12/2017 12:53:44PM

Residents should expect fuel return by Friday

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SUN PHOTO BY SUE PAQUIN

Gas pump and sign damage, 7-11 on corner of Sandhill Blvd and Kings Highway.

The price of regular gasoline dropped to $2.659 per gallon at the Hi Tech Fuels station on Brainerd Road and other stations in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, John Rawlston)

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Mark Cole fills a gas can at the Citgo station along U.S. 27 Thursday morning. After scouring the city for gas cans, most of which have already sold out, Cole was able to find one at Lowe's who had just brought out a pallet of cans.

SUN PHOTO BY NATHAN LANE
A woman pumps gas at the RaceTrac on KIngs Highway in Port Charlotte on Thursday. Gas prices in Charlotte County late Thursday afternoon were as low as $3.20 a gallon in the Duncan Road area off Interstate 75, according to GasBuddy.com. Motorists could find gas for $3.23 a gallon on South McCall Road in Englewood and $3.24 a gallon along U.S. 41 in North Port.

SUN PHOTO BY JOHN HACKWORTH

A long line of cars stretches north on Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte as cars wait to gas up at the Sunoco station on Midway Boulevard.

By LAUREN COFFEY

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Although Hurricane Irma has passed through the region, many Southwest Floridians are still facing a fuel shortage.

In preparation for the storm, which was projected to be a Category 5 hurricane, millions of Floridians filled their gas tank to evacuate the state or topped off their tank as they decided to ride out the storm.

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