Gas shortages hit Grady County, Southeastern U.S.
Over the last few days, gas shortages have hit multiple states in the southeastern U.S. as they have run out of fuel following a cyber attack on the biggest oil pipeline in the United States, Colonial Pipeline, by the criminal gang known as DarkSide. This caused many Americans to rush to the gas station and fill up their cars in what experts say this is the worst cyberattack to date on critical U.S. infrastructure.
Grady County has not been spared from the shortages; according to Gas Buddy, most stations in the nearby area are still without gas as of Friday, May 15. Gas has also been hard to come by in nearby Thomasville in recent days.
The pipeline which carries 100 million gallons of fuel from Texas to New Jersey every day was down for six days before finally opening up on Thursday. However, it will probably be at least a few more days before prices and availability are back to normal. Not only is gas expensive and increasing in cost, people are lucky if they're getting it in some states.
According to the most recent figures tweeted by GasBuddy analyst Patrick De Haan, half of all stations in Georgia remain without fuel - only Virginia and the Carolinas are seeing it worse.
The impact has cleaned out more than half the gas stations in Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas. President Biden has suggested that panic will only make make matters worse by extending the gas shortages. Some gas stations in Virginia have started selling gas for $6.99 per gallon. Residents have been lining up at gas pumps for hours over fears of a fuel shortage.
In particular, Gas buddy says that "Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina could be in for the longest gasoline shortages. The shortages in those states may lead into Memorial weekend, when gas prices increase as Americans get on the road for vacations. There are different assumptions about when gas will return back to normal, but experts say it will be by the end of the week.