GasBuddy, an app for finding the closest gas stations and
cheapest prices, has reached the No. 2 spot in the App
Store as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida.
After receiving an endorsement from
Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday, the app climbed 22 spots
on the App Store’s top free apps chart, from No. 26 to No. 4,
according to app intelligence firm Sensor Tower.
By Friday morning, the app was in second place behind Zello, a
walkie-talkie app that can be used in emergencies.
“One of our top
availability,” Gov. Scott said
at a press
on Thursday. “We know
there are problems with supply at gas stations, and we are
working around the clock to get fuel to you….the GasBuddy app
is a great resource to find open stations with fuel.”
Much like navigation app Waze, GasBuddy relies on crowdsourcing to
help drivers find nearby gas stations. Users can also search for
clean restrooms, friendly service, low prices, and more.
Before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas last week, the app was ranked
No. 712 in the App Store, according to Sensor Tower.
“We estimate that GasBuddy has been downloaded
approximately half a million times in the U.S. across the App
Store and Google Play since Hurricane Harvey made landfall on
August 25,” Oliver Yeh, Sensor Tower’s cofounder, wrote in an
emailed statement. “That is an increase of about 420% over the
preceding 14 day period.”
Here’s a look at GasBuddy’s growth since August 28:
As Irma leaves a wake of devastation in the Caribbean,
Florida is preparing for the hurricane to make landfall
as soon as Saturday
The National Hurricane
Center forecasts that Irma could go through South
Florida, up through the rest of the state, and into Georgia.
Florida and Georgia have both issued
evacuation orders from parts of both states, which mean
gas is in high demand.
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