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Gas Shortage Hits North Carolina, Makes It Difficult To Fill Up

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Alyssa Atkinson
Alyssa Atkinson
 2021-05-13

Here are some of the details you should know.

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As of May 12, 2021, a lot of people have been made more aware of a recent gas shortage hitting a number of areas, including North Carolina.

Once I found out about this shortage yesterday, I knew that it was important to write my take on it, especially so that those who weren't aware of the issue would be made aware.

Essentially, if you were trying to fill up gas on May 12, there was a good chance you would have been unable to do so. You may have been a bit confused as to why, so hopefully this article will clear things up a bit for you.

1. Many gas stations have little to no gas right now.

As of May 12, 2021, the gas shortage was pretty severe. In fact, according to abc11 as of May 12:

"More than 60 percent of gas stations in North Carolina are out of fuel. That's according to Gas Buddy as of 2 p.m."

If you look at this in terms of odds, chances are more likely that you wouldn't be able to fill up at the station. This is because over half of the gas stations are completely out of fuel, not the other way around.

And if you are wondering what caused this severe shortage, here is what we know so far. There was a pipeline hack which caused a trickle down effect to North Carolina:

"After the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline, which runs from Texas to New Jersey and supplies at least 70 percent of the fuel to the Southeast, restricted allocations were placed on fuel distributors in North Carolina. That means they were not allowed to load and transport as much fuel as they had in previous weeks."

Once the pipeline is restarted, it will take a few days to get the fuel supply back up to normal levels. However, it's not the pipeline alone that is causing the severe fuel shortages in North Carolina. In fact, the panic buying from consumers has potentially worsened the situation as a whole.

Panic buying has definitely been occuring.

According to abc11,

"Across the state gas stations with fuel are seeing long lines form as people panic to fill up and top off their vehicles--exactly what state leaders say we all need to avoid doing. That panic buying makes the situation worse--just like it did with toilet paper and cleaning supplies at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic or like it does with bread and milk ahead of storms."

Therefore, people are being urged only to buy gas when necessary, rather than everyone trying to top their vehicles off in a panic, leading to more potential issues in terms of fuel availability.

WXII does state that there is law in effect to prevent price gouging of gas.

While no one is sure exactly how long the gas shortage will last, we do have to work together as a community and be courteous towards others to ensure that everyone has the gas they need to travel to essential locations, such as work and school.

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Final Thoughts

There is no doubt that the gas shortage has hit North Carolina, and all we can do is hope that the issue is resolved soon.

I personally rely on my car for a number of different things, like traveling to locations for work, getting groceries, and doing other basic tasks. I'm sure many of you can relate, and some of you probably need your cars for even more, such as taking your kids to school.

Hopefully, we will all have access to the gas we need again soon, but until then, I will try to minimize and combine my trips as much as possible to save gas until I am able to fill up again. You might want to consider doing the same.

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