Hurricane Sandy Causing Gas Shortages Around the Tri-State

A lack of power and logistical issues caused by this week's storm is to blame for a lack of gas stations that are open in our area, leading to long lines and frustrated drivers.


If you were able to pull into a gas station in the Tri-State area over the last few days, fill up and be on your way, consider yourself lucky.

Thousands of drivers are having to drive farther to find a gas station that not only has power, but gasoline.

New Jersey has been hit the hardest with more than 80 percent of filling stations unable to sell gasoline, according to Sal Risalvato, head of the New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience, Automotive Association (NJGCA).

The problem is not a lack of gasoline in the Northeast, but widespread power outages and the logistical problems created by the storm that are making it difficult to get fuel from refineries and terminals to those who need it according to a recent Huffington Post article.

Out on Long Island, the scene at some gas stations turned chaotic as gas lines extend down Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, leading to workers having to direct traffic out in the street.

You can see video of this on the Great Neck Patch.

"It's crazy," said White Plains resident J.P. Endres, who had to go on a journey around Westchester today to try and find gas with unsuccessful results.

"I first went to Lake St. in West Harrison, then up to Purchase, then to the Mobil station off the Hutchinson River Parkway which was backed up for over a mile," Endres explained, "it's really a bad situation."

Drivers all over Putnam, Rockland and Westchester are finding long lines at the pumps, at the stations that are not darkened by loss of power.

What gas stations in your town are up and running? Leave the station name and location in the comments below so other drivers know what locations are best for fueling up.

Josh Semendoff (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 05:28 PM
The Eastchester Gulf Station on White Plains Rd. near Mill Rd. was not too bad earlier this morning, open and with only 10-12 cars in it.
Ashley Tarr (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 05:37 PM
One Putnam man took to the Southeast-Brewster Facebook page about this very topic: patch.com/bvedU
Josh Semendoff (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Also for those who want to venture into Yonkers, the Getty station at the corner of Kimball Ave and Mile Square Rd. is open and was also fairly tame this morning.
RJ November 01, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Long lines at all open stations in clarkstown. I did see a gas truck pull up to the Stop & Shop in New City around 11:00 this morning.
Michael Woyton (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Along US 1 in New Rochelle near Webster Avenue and up North Avenue below Iona College.
paula November 01, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Just went out and scouted the neigborhood because I've seen so many posts on Facebook say there is 'no gas anwhere!' Well there is gas, at least within 1.3 miles of the Welcher Ave exit off rte 9 north in Peekskill - in fact there are 5 gas stations. 4 of them are on Washington Ave. None have gas above 4.02 a gallon. They all have long lines.
Stefani Kim November 01, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Hess and Mobil on Palmer Avenue in Mamaroneck are open, but have very long lines I've been told.
Josh Semendoff (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 08:26 PM
If you live near Yonkers, Bronxville, Eastchester, New Rochelle, Scarsdale or Ardsley, click here: http://patch.com/A-zlw9
sandee November 02, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I went to 11 gas stations in White Plains and North White Plains at about 5 pm no gas or closed. Can you help me. Do not give me a gas station from earlier in the day as I do not have that much gas to get to a station. Thank you.
Josh Semendoff (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Sandee, where do you live? The gas station along the NYS Thruway in Ardsley was open and had a tanker there refueling the station and the line was only about a 1/4 mile lone, which equals about 60-90 min wait. Also Mobil Gas on kimball Ave by Cross County still had gas at last check at 10pm.
Josh Semendoff (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 03:17 AM
I have suggested to many people today that if you have a half a tank or more that you should not worry about getting gas for the next few days. As more stations get their power restored and as more deliveries can be made to refuel stations, this issue will be resolved.
Margaret Steele November 02, 2012 at 12:39 PM
All the Washington Ave stations have NO GAS signs this morning. I can't find gas anywhere.
joshua tanner November 02, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Yeah Washington St and Welcher are dry
Bill William November 02, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The BP gas station on rt 22 in Southeast jacked up the price of gas 10 cents when the Hess station right next to them ran out of gas. Nice move BP. I will never use a BP gas station again.
nicole November 02, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Any ideas near white plains? Or near Hackensack in nj? Trying to get out of nj yo go to a wedding and need gas!! Plz help :-)
paula November 02, 2012 at 02:28 PM
A friend posted this on Facebook about an hour ago (I know yonkers may be a bit far but if you travel central ave you may see one sooner) "Yonkers: lukeoil on central ave under the Midland Ave overpass had gas this morning...also the Shell station opposite lukeoil on central ave (just north of the Kimball Ave overpass) but there are long lines..." Good luck and stay safe
paula November 03, 2012 at 12:19 AM
>From Susan Spear Hudson Valley Regional Director Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) > Via Paul Feiner, GreenburghTown Supervisor from Paul Feiner ---> A quick update on the gas shortage, which remains a huge concern. The bottom line is that a number of the factors contributing to the shortage issues have been addressed, but it will probably be another 24 hours or more before the effect is visible. 1. Supply Issues: Because of the impact of the storm surge, wind, and power outages the majority of the terminals and p ipelines that deliver gasoline to the region went down during the storm. Additionally, access to ports was limited by the Coast Guard because of hazardous conditions on the water. The good news is that these problems are increasingly being addressed. The Coast Guard has been able to lift most of their restrictions, enabling significant supplies to reach the region. A number of major pipelines and delivery points have come back online or are expected to do so in the next 24 hours. The combined effect of these re-openings should significantly alleviate the shortage, although it will still take some time for gas to offloaded and distributed to stations.
paula November 03, 2012 at 12:19 AM
2. Refining Capacity: The majority of the Northeast regions refineries (primarily located in the Delaware, PA, Southern NJ area) had to shut down as a result of the storm. Many of these are also coming back online. The EPA has lifted some Clean Air Act requirements for diesel fuel which should help increase production rate at the refinings that are operating to ensure emergency vehicles have fuel supply. The re-opening of pipelines and terminals means that gas from refining in the Gulf that has been earmarked for the area can now begin to flow in. In addition, Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday that the Department of Homeland Security issued a temporary, blanket waiver of the Jones Act, allowing additional oil tankers coming from the Gulf of Mexico to enter Northeastern ports, which will provide additional fuel resources to the region.
paula November 03, 2012 at 12:20 AM
3. Local Delivery: Gas has to be delivered from terminals and pipelines to gas stations by truck, so blocked roads from downed trees and particularly powerlines has made delivering fuel to stations difficult. However, because gas stations are generally on major roads, most of these blocks are being removed and the fuel that is now coming in again from pipelines and terminals should be able to get to more stations. 4. BUT local gas stations need to have their power restored in order to operate the pumps…. Our office has been working with the various federal and state agencies (FEMA, DoE, Governor’s office, Coast Guard) to make sure the delivery system gets working again and to protect supply for emergency services. It appears that things should begin to improve soon, but obviously this remains a huge concern.
paula November 03, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I hope that all helps, somewhat. Good luck everyone, Paula
saltydog November 03, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Central Ave on the east side, north of Tuckahoe Rd had gas (& a line of cars) at about 7pm Friday...Nothing open on Ruckahoe Toad
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paula November 04, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Power Outages Breakdown as of 3:30 p.m. Saturday: Estimated Number of Westchester County Customers Without Power: Con Edison: 108,469 (11,905 have regained power since Friday afternoon) NYSEG: 21,200 (4,499 have regained power since Friday afternoon) Estimated Number of Westchester County Polling Sites Without Power: 92 of 380 have no power as of 2 p.m. Saturday Estimated Number of Westchester County Schools Without Power: 107 of 142 schools in Con Edison territory remained without power. The company expects the number to drop to 55 by Saturday evening. http://yorktown-somers.patch.com/articles/astorino-presses-for-power-at-schools-voting-sites?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001
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