Charlotte Drivers Waiting in Long Lines for Gas or Finding Pumps Covered

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Drivers are growing frustrated as panic-buying leads to a gas shortage.

Both North and South Carolina are under a State of Emergency and price gouging laws are in effect.

Colonial Pipeline still hopes to have everything back online by the end of the week, after a ransomware attack forced it to shut down its pipeline.

But it’s not soon enough to prevent the panic-buying across the area.

“Man, this has been a struggle. This is my third stop,” explains South Charlotte resident Rakeem Lewis.

Lewis traveled from South Charlotte to Carowinds Boulevard in search of gas.

“I live literally on Tyvola and I had to come all the way down here,” he says.

Those lucky enough to find it are having to wait in long lines.

“Motorists are making this situation last much longer,” says GasBuddy analyst Patrick De Hann.

De Hann says while the cyber hack is playing a role in the shortage, it’s panic-buying that’s mostly to blame.

According to GasBuddy, demand for gas is up more than 40 percent in several southern states, including North and South Carolina.

“I think we’re at the point now where it’s going to take at least two weeks to get back to normal. And if motorists run everything dry before the pipeline reopens it could be three weeks,” De Hann says.