Gas is drying up quickly from Florida all the way up to Virginia. Many states are being hit with a fuel shortage after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline. The governor of North Carolina has even issued a state of emergency.
The pipeline was closed down on Friday evening after it was hit with a ransomware attack. On Monday, some of the services began to be restored. However, Colonial was not the only company affected. According to reports, at least 12 other gas companies were also hit.
American Airlines was adding stops to two of its long-haul flights from its Charlotte, North Carolina hub, reported, as a likely effort to conserve fuel in areas where it could run short.
The pipeline supplies 45 per cent of all the East Coast's fuel needs, including Atlanta's airport - the world's busiest, by passenger traffic. The pipeline also serves 90 U.S. military installations and 26 oil refineries.
On Monday evening motorists were beginning to report shortages at gas stations.
A spokesman for Race Trac, which operates gas stations in the Atlanta area, confirmed the shortage to .
At least two gas stations in Tallahassee, Florida, were completely out of stock, reported.
Patrick de Haan, an energy expert who runs the monitoring site Gas Buddy Tracker, said his sources showed five per cent of stations in Virginia running empty.
His recommendation to motorists? 'Conserve, conserve, conserve,' he said.
The lack of supply could soon hit users across the country in the pocketbook.
AAA already predicts that gasoline prices in the Georgia region alone could rise three to seven cents per gallon this week, and said that there also could be 'limited fuel availability' in places.
'This shutdown will have implications on both gasoline supply and price, but the impact will vary regionally,' said AAA spokeswoman Montrae Waiters.
'Areas including Mississippi, Tennessee and the East Coast from Georgia into Delaware are most likely to experience limited fuel availability and prices increases as early as this week.'
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