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Florida Governor declares state of emergency following Colonial Pipeline shutdown

The Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the US East Coast, was hit by a cyberattack on Friday.

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Washington: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for the US state after the Colonial Pipeline shutdown following a ransomware attack, local media reported.

DeSantis signed an executive order to direct state emergency management officials to work jointly with federal and local officials, and activate the Florida National Guard, as needed.

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The executive order will expire 30 days from the date of signing unless extended.

The Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the US East Coast, was hit by a cyberattack on Friday. As the shutdown entered its fifth day, US media reported that fuel pumps in the East Coast were running out of fuel and there were long lines of cars waiting to fill up. The average price of gasoline has also soared on the disruption to a seven-year high that was just short of $3 per gallon.

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