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Gas Shortages Reported Throughout Georgia

Sep 12, 2017

If you head to a gas station to fill up there's a chance you could be out of luck, at least for the next few days.

Georgia officials say there are reports of gas shortages throughout the state.

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But Garrett Townsend, Georgia's spokesperson for AAA, explained: "There is no shortage of gasoline. In the system there's plenty of gas. It's just delayed in getting to its distribution point."

Townsend said the fuel outages are because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Colonial Pipeline, which is a major supplier of fuel to the southeast, closed one of its lines to reduce damage during Hurricane Harvey.

As for Irma, gas purchases spiked in Florida and some parts of Georgia as people filled up before heading north to get out of the storm’s path.

That means some stations are having trouble getting new supplies of fuel as quickly as they usually do.

State officials released a warning for people traveling south that there is no guarantee they'll be able to get fuel.

“Stations in south Georgia are experiencing power outages and flooding of their tanks, preventing them from reopening,” said Homer Bryson, director of Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency.

Bryson recommended Florida residents who are eager to head home to wait until Florida’s governor gives the green light.