Local gas stations swarmed with panic buyers

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Recently, the operator of a major U.S. fuel pipeline, Colonial Pipeline, was hit by a cyberattack.

That incident has many people worried that prices will spike and shortages will happen if the situation lasts longer than expected.

Because of those concerns, many drivers have been racing to the pumps to fill up on gas.

“I think it’s an overkill I there is more gas than people realize but if people with all the money come and take all of the gas then there’s gonna be other people walking,” Blake Evans said.

Taylor Kitchens, a clerk at the Walmart Neighborhood Market gas station on the west side, says she’s used to her job being busy but this week has been overwhelming.

“You can’t even come in to park to come inside everybody waiting in line to get gas people almost fighting out here, hitting each other coming in from both sides its crazy.”

That rush is stemming from panic buyers and, as a result, some gas stations in Dothan are low on supply.

“At Shell stations all across Dothan they are empty besides diesel so if you have a diesel car you are completely good,” Joshua Duke said.

“My uncle is 68 and he drives back and forth to Geneva every day and we went out around 11:30 last night because of all this and it was a little bit easier to get gas but he’s worried about it because they actually don’t have any gas out there,” Evans said.

Governor Ivey along with Wiregrass city officials are asking you not to hoard gas and get gas only if you need it.

If you are getting gas, be patient and be nice to others.

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