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.

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