Long lines at Hatteras gas stations after pipeline hack

By on May 11, 2021

Breeze Thru gas station in Avon had cars lined down the side of N.C. Highway 12 on Tuesday morning. (Island Free Press)

By Joy Crist | Island Free Press
Update: Istvan Kajari, of Breeze Thru in Avon, has now confirmed that the scheduled gasoline delivery for today is on track.

Gas stations throughout Hatteras Island were inundated with a flood of traffic as folks filled up their vehicles in response to the cyberattack on the 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which carries more than 100 million gallons of fuel from Texas to New Jersey every day. Operators at the Colonial Pipeline said on Monday that they hope to get most of their operations back online by the weekend, but gas shortages and price hikes were still a concern for multiple regions across the southeast coast, including the Outer Banks.

As of Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m., gas stations in Frisco and Hatteras reportedly only had premium gas left, and while some stations on northern Hatteras Island still had all gasoline types available, more than one gas station manager was concerned about running out of fuel within the next several hours.

“We do have a delivery scheduled for today, coming from Chesapeake, but [the company] is not sure if they will be able to make it,” said Istvan Kajari of Breeze Thru in Avon, noting that the provider stated that the status of the gas delivery was changing “minute by minute.” Another gas station in Rodanthe stated that they were imminently shutting down the tanks in order to reserve fuel for emergency personnel.

Governor Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order on May 10 declaring a state of emergency in North Carolina, and temporarily suspending motor vehicle fuel regulations to ensure adequate fuel supply supplies throughout the state. The Colonial Pipeline is a primary fuel pipeline for North Carolina, and the company stated on Monday that segments of its Texas-to-New Jersey line are being reactivated in steps, and pledged that most service would be restored by the weekend.

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Editor’s Note: Stopping at a gas station this morning in Kill Devil Hills, it was obvious the impact the pipeline shutdown was having in northern Dare County as well. Every pump was being used, credit cards were no longer being accepted, and premium gasoline was all that was available. If you have any gas station stories to share, email m.jurkowitz@yahoo com.





  • KHer

    >>>credit cards were no longer being accepted<<<

    What's the deal with that?

    Tuesday, May 11 @ 11:38 am
  • Steve Railsback

    Great to see a president who had the potential to be as feckless as Jimmy Carter hitting the ground running–or is that stumbling?–in his rank incompetence. Now, before we all say it is not his fault, recall that he was VP for eight years and a ranking senator for 30 years. He had lots of time to worry about passing laws against steroids (as in 2004) but I guess never contemplated the growing dependence on technology. Oh, well…as Forrest’s mama said: “Stupid is…”

    Tuesday, May 11 @ 1:12 pm
  • Tri-Village

    Well , Rodanthe, waves , and Salvo are just about out. If we can’t get gas here by the weekend I hope that are county officials are smart enough to not let a few hundred thousand tourists in

    Tuesday, May 11 @ 1:35 pm
  • Czarina

    Steve — You said NOTHING about the gas situation. All you did was whine about the current administration. tsk tsk …..

    Tuesday, May 11 @ 1:40 pm
  • Ottoman

    I thought maybe I can look at the “discussion “ in the voice again. It will be smart local people asking questions about the story, not trolls spewing political propaganda at any chance. Not yet ☹️ Sorry voice.

    Tuesday, May 11 @ 2:28 pm
  • Sheepleneednotapply

    Bummer.. people need to not panic.. panic always creates chaos… the left LOVES chaos and is good at creating it… the gas will flow.. just long lines because MANY panic at the same time.. like a rush on the banks, long lines, or long lines to play the 600 million lotto that they heard about on the news… or long lines to buy a generator before a hurricane.. … etc… sheeple are dangerous.. and stupid… There is plenty of gas.. plenty.. don’t get caught in the liberal media net…

    Tuesday, May 11 @ 3:43 pm
  • ok

    Ok Boomer

    Tuesday, May 11 @ 3:45 pm
  • Paul Gribben

    Is that your PolySci degree or an overdose of Pucker Carlson making you convert all problems directly into political terms.

    Wednesday, May 12 @ 3:38 am
  • Sandflea

    Yeah, everybody I saw panic buying gas today were people on the “left”. I didn’t realize that so many “lefties” had Gadsden flag “Don’t Tread on Me” license plates. These very same people were also buying lottery tickets! Sheeh! Who knew?!

    Wednesday, May 12 @ 7:19 am
  • Stan Clough

    amazing how humanity responds to situations

    Wednesday, May 12 @ 7:58 am