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If you can't find gas in your city that's probably because your fellow Americans are hoarding gasoline in everything from garbage bags to inflatable swimming pools.
Florida, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina declared states of emergency as residents panic buy gasoline, leading to severe gas shortages in the southeast. 1,000 gas stations in the south ran dry as a result of unnecessary hoarding.
When a state of emergency is declared during a gas shortage, the police are supposed to monitor gas stations to prevent hoarding.
People should be limited to 1 or 2 gallons of gas so the shortage doesn't worsen.
Twitter users posted photos of craven hoarders. Not only is filling trash bags with gasoline dangerous, it's also illegal.
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Florida, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina declared states of emergency as residents panic buy gasoline, leading to gas shortages.
Gas prices soared and fears of a nationwide shortage caused people to panic buy gas after a cyber attack shut down a major gas pipeline over the weekend.
The national average for retail gasoline was $2.985 on Tuesday -- the highest since November 2014.
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Panic buyers lined up outside gas stations in Atlanta on Tuesday, May 11. Some drivers walked up with gas cans after bypassing stations that were closed.
The FBI has confirmed that Russian hacking collective DarkSide is responsible for the ransomware cyber attack that crippled a Georgia-based fuel pipeline.
Colonial Pipeline, which is operated out of Alpharetta, near Atlanta, is the largest pipeline on the East Coast. It runs from Texas to New Jersey and transports 45% of the East Coast's fuel supply, including gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel.
Colonial officials announced it shut down the pipeline out of an abundance of caution after discovering the ransomware.
Ransomware is a type of malware that locks a company's data and threatens to delete the data unless a ransom is paid, typically in Bitcoin.
The attack is unleashed after an employee unwittingly clicks a phishing link in an email that impersonates an individual or company known to the employee.
Hundreds of major corporations and even hospitals have been hit by ransomware cyber attacks over the years.
Atlanta gas stations reported dwindling gas supplies on Monday, 2 days after a cyber security breach shut down a major gas pipeline.
A Twitter user posted a photo of a safety conscious Atlanta resident pumping gas at one of the few stations that didn't run dry on Monday night.
Colonial Pipeline, an Alpharetta-based company, shut down its gas pipeline system after a ransomware attack crippled its IT systems.
The pipeline supplies less than half of the gas to the East Coast. Colonial Pipeline operates about 5,500 miles of pipeline from Texas to New York. The ransomware attack was announced on Saturday.
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Tensions escalated on Monday as many gas stations ran dry and long lines formed at gas stations in Atlanta.
The Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency urged motorists to take precautions to conserve gas so the pumps don't run dry.
The agency urged residents not to fill up their gas tanks unless they absolutely have to. Those who have multiple cars should consider driving the most gas efficient vehicle. Plan to run several errands in a single trip. Residents are also advised to take the bus or MARTA public transportation.
North Carolina declared a state of emergency as stations in Virginia, Atlanta and Florida began to run out of gas on Monday.
If the pipeline is not operational by Wednesday, a significant fuel disruption is expected on the East Coast.
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Drone attacks on an oil field in Saudi Arabia sparked fears of gas stations running dry and long lines similar to the gas shortages in America 4 decades ago.
According to published reports, multiple drones bombed an oil field in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
In response to the attacks, Saudi Arabia shut down half of its oil production - a move that could cause massive outages at gas stations in America.
Saudi defenses were unable to stop the wave of remote-controlled drones that dropped bombs on the oil fields, threatening the global crude oil supply.
Experts say the Saudis should've been prepared for such an attack in this day and age.
"Flying a drone, that puts a new spin on things," security consultant Jeffrey Price told Yahoo News in an email. "It enables attacks that previously weren't able to be conducted with that level of stealth and detachment from the attacker."
"The bottom line is that we are likely to see many more of these sorts of attacks, and in particular, coordinated attacks on multiple targets are likely, possibly in tandem with a cyber attack component," said Milena Rodban, an independent risk consultant, in an email to Yahoo News.
Longer lines than usual formed at gas stations in Atlanta over the weekend, as wary older travelers recalled the nationwide gasoline shortage that crippled major cities and caused civil unrest in the 1970s.
Question: Did you fill up your gas tank this weekend?
The east coast is facing the worst energy crisis in decades as gas traders rush to reroute a major pipeline that carries diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline to cities all along the eastern seaboard.
Colonial Pipeline Co., the second major fuel pipeline operator in the Gulf Coast, shut down its operation on Wednesday after Hurricane Harvey dumped 51 inches of rain in the region.
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Last week, I was filling up my car at a RaceTrac gas station in Buckhead when I noticed a local TV news crew interviewing a customer at the next pump. At the time I had no clue that Atlanta was in the midst of a gas shortage. I didn't notice any long lines or fistfights at the pumps that day. Well, that might change this week as local gas stations run out of gas.
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