GasBuddy: 5% of Mississippi gas stations experiencing fuel outages

Una tienda de connivencia QuickTrip tiene bolsas en sus bombas ya que la estación no tiene...
Una tienda de connivencia QuickTrip tiene bolsas en sus bombas ya que la estación no tiene gasolina, el martes 11 de mayo de 2021, en Kennesaw, Ga. Colonial Pipeline, que suministra alrededor del 45% del combustible que se consume en la Costa Este, detuvo sus operaciones la semana pasada tras revelar un ciberataque que, según dijo, había afectado a algunos de sus sistemas. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)(Mike Stewart | AP)
Updated: May. 12, 2021 at 2:29 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi continues to feel the effects of the Colonial Pipeline hack.

According to GasBuddy, five percent of gas stations in the state are experiencing fuel outages as of Wednesday afternoon. This information is gathered by GasBuddy app users.

Other states, though, are experiencing widespread outages.

In Virginia, 44 percent of gas station are experiencing outages. In North Carolina, 65 percent. Georgia and South Carolina are also seeing 43 percent of their gas stations with some sort of outages.

Outages in Mississippi are largely due to what Agricultural Commissioner Andy Gipson called “panic buying,” comparing this to the “Great Toilet Paper Crisis of 2020.”

Colonial Fuel hopes to have the pipeline back online sometime this weekend.

In the meantime, Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch says her office is watching for potential price gouging and is pleading with citizens not to hoard.

The national average price for a gallon of gas is now above $3 for the first time since 2014.

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