More than 70% of gas stations in the Raleigh and Charlotte areas are without fuel Wednesday morning.
According to GasBuddy, a website and mobile app that helps people find the cheapest gas near them, up to 71 percent of stations in Charlotte, North Carolina, have run out of gasoline. Gas shortages and long lines at gas stations in Southeastern states are being reported.
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The Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45 percent of the fuel consumed on the East Coast, was hit by a ransomware attack last Friday. The attack has since resulted in shortages and inflated gas prices as consumers rushed to buy fuel across Southeastern states including North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and Florida.
Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency on Monday over North Carolina’s gas shortage.
Under the emergency declaration, the state’s price gouging law is in effect and fuel regulations are temporarily suspended.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Response said the City of Charlotte maintains its own fuel reserve and has adequate supply but asked the public to limit non-essential travel as a precautionary measure.
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An excerpt from WSOC-TV reports:
Channel 9 has crews spread out at several gas stations across the Carolinas and most of them have had cars lined up, with drivers waiting to fill their tanks.
As of Wednesday morning, 71% of gas stations in Charlotte were out of fuel while 28.2% of North Carolina gas stations were without supply, according to GasBuddy.
The City of Charlotte said it is preparing for “prolonged interruption” of gas reserves. Officials said the city maintains its own fuel reserve and there is enough supply at the moment.
City staff have been asked to limit non-essential travel as a precautionary measure and officials are urging people to avoid buying unnecessary gas.
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