UPDATE: At last check, 53-percent of gas stations in Virginia are out of gas . That’s according to gasbuddy.com. Shortages and panic-buying continued even as the operator of Colonial Pipeline reported making “substantial progress” in resolving the computer hack-induced shutdown responsible for the empty tanks. They say it could be several days before things are back to normal.
The tracking service GasBuddy.com on Friday showed that 88% of gas stations were out of fuel in Washington, D.C., about half were out in Virginia, and 42% of Maryland stations were dry. A gas station owner in Virginia descried the situation there as “a frenzy” fueled by panic buying. A
EARLIER: The nation’s largest fuel pipeline restarted operations, days after it was forced to shut down by a gang of hackers. The disruption caused long lines at gas stations in Virginia due to distribution problems and panic-buying, draining supplies at thousands of gas stations. Colonial Pipeline said all lines, including those lateral lines that have been running manually, will return to normal operations. But it will take several days for deliveries to return to normal. In Virginia, about 50-percent of stations report having no gasoline.