*Houston, we have a problem. Or should we say Atlanta, we have a problem. That’s because less than half of the gas stations in metro Atlanta were dry Monday as the Colonial Pipeline continued to ramp up from a shutdown forced by a ransomware attack.
Unfortunately, it looks as if it’s gonna take a few more more days, and possibly up to a week, for tanker trucks to replenish the stations, according to analyst Allison Mac, an analyst with GasBuddy.
We’re talking only 27% of stations in the area having fuel as of last Thursday, Mac said.
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Terence Onyewuenyi’s gas tank was nearly empty before he found gas at a QuikTrip on Spring Road in South Cobb.
He visited three gas stations Saturday with no luck, but noticed the QuikTrip had gas when he passed by it Monday morning. He didn’t stop because he was on his way to his first day on a new job at the nearby Home Depot headquarters.
“I was like, well, I’ll just have to come by on my lunch break,” he said. He was glad to see the station had not run out.
The average price for regular unleaded across the region was $3 a gallon, according to GasBuddy, which depends on reports from consumers. It also notes that some stations that have gas don’t have all grades.
Prices are more than $1 a gallon higher than a year ago, according to AAA. In 2020, gas prices were depressed as the coronavirus pandemic and resulting shutdowns were in full swing.
“Many Americans are so eager to travel, we don’t expect higher gas prices to interfere with their plans,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman for the auto club. “We typically find when pump prices increase, travelers look for more free activities or eat out less while on vacation, but still take their planned trips.”
AAA expects more than 37 million people to travel 50 miles or more between May 27 and May 31. That’s a 60% increase from last year, when only 23 million traveled, the lowest on record since AAA began recording the number in 2000.
The reason Atlanta and most of the Southeast is in this predicament is because the Colonial Pipeline which runs from East Texas along the Gulf states and up the Atlantic Seaboard to New Jersey — was shut down for five days following a cyberattack that was discovered on May 7.