Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Gas Lines in Georgia; Shortages in NC

UPDATE: There are now shortages reported in South Carolina. So far this seems to be a red state phenomenon.

Atrios reports that there are already long lines in Atlanta and at some stations gas is going for $4.99 a gallon. He heard it on CNN.

And over at Americablog, Joe in DC predicts, "This gas thing is going to get really ugly...really, really ugly."

He comments on Bush's remarks earlier today:

The one thing that caught my attention was the emphasis he placed on the problems the oil companies are having. The AP caught that, too: President Bush is warning Americans about the nation's gasoline supply, saying everyone must understand that Hurricane Katrina has had a significant effect.

UPDATE: More bad news, "A gas shortage that closed some stations and caused lines at others could last through the Labor Day weekend and beyond, Asheville city and Buncombe County officials warned at a press conference this afternoon."

It could take six days for fuel to flow as normal from the Gulf of Mexico, officials said. Of the county’s nearly 100 gas stations, more than 20 have run dry.

“If you drive too much, you will run out,” Asheville Mayor Charles Worley said. The city and county have asked their employees to take time off or work from home if possible.

Gas shortages have overtaken parts of the country because of Hurricane Katrina's disruption of Gulf Coast gasoline suppliers. Some major Gulf Coast energy companies have been plagued by floods and power outages that have made it impossible to produce and distribute fuel.