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Same thing happened in Jacksonville after Katrina. Someone got on a local radio station and said there would be no gas deliveries for two weeks and people went insane. I was a vendor running a delivery route at the time and I finally gave up and went home because I couldn't get in the store parking lots for the gas lines. There were even people assaulting each other, the cops showing up to break up fights, just chaos in general. People were showing up with every gas can and jug they could find. Ran the price up from just above $2 to $3.40 for regular and ran most of the stations out of gas. The store employees were trying to point out that they raised the prices to discourage people from buying all of the gas. Most of the stations got their regularly scheduled deliveries the next day, and by the day after gas was back to about $2.50. Depending on the store chain, our gas either comes from Selma or from SC. If the hurricane does not actually severely damage the refineries, they should be back up and running within a few days of the storm. Both depots should have some supply on hand. This situation may actually drive the oil prices down even further because the refineries will be backlogged with oil, but the more gas we buy in this situation, the more the price will go up because they don't want you to buy the gas. Politics has nothing to do with it. Stations like GoGas will close and take longer to reopen because they buy "seconds" on the gas and when supplies are tight, there is less availablity, so they will go up higher to try not to run out. If you want to keep the prices down, don't take every empty container in your house down and fill it with gas. Once you pump gas, it begins to lose strength anyway, so you can't store it for long, and it's dangerous to keep around. If the prices seem high to you now, once all of the local supply is exhausted and they start trucking gas from the midwest, you will really see it go up. If the refineries are not severely damaged, things should return to normal in a couple of weeks.


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