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Florida warns of fuel contamination as Tropical Storm Idalia approaches

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) on Aug. 28 told Floridians to brace for a Category 3 hurricane as Tropical Storm Idalia quickly strengthened overnight. (Video: Reuters)
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Florida officials warned of “potentially widespread” fuel contamination across the state’s Gulf Coast that could damage car engines and increase the chances of drivers getting stranded as Tropical Storm Idalia approaches.

Fuel purchased from more than two dozen Citgo-supplied gas stations after 10 a.m. Saturday has a high chance of being contaminated by “human error,” the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in an alert on Sunday afternoon.

The contamination happened after workers at Citgo, which supplies fuel to the greater Tampa area, accidentally switched diesel and gasoline in a shipment to stations on Saturday. Citgo published a list of the 29 stations believed to have received the contaminated fuel, including some as far south as Fort Myers and as far north as Brooksville. It was working to sample and verify the quality of fuel at those locations Monday morning, a spokeswoman said.

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