Gas shortage continues in the Triangle; NC still above 60% of gas stations without fuel

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — According to GasBuddy 68% of Raleigh gas stations on Saturday afternoon still do not have gas, leaving many Triangle drivers sitting in long lines as prices continue to rise.

“I do understand it’s a hack situation and there’s nothing we can do about it,” said Jermaine Barnes.  “We need to have some sort of backup plan so we’re not waiting 30-40 minutes at the pump.”

Barnes says he’s being conservative with his trips due to the gas shortage.

“I’m not going places I don’t need to go,” said Barnes.  “I’m not visiting people.  I’m watching where I’m driving.  I’m doing everything different right now.”

The percent of gas stations in North Carolina with gas is slowly improving. As of Saturday afternoon, 61 percent of stations statewide were without fuel compared to 69 percent Friday morning and 67 percent Friday night.

“Help is on the way, so be patient,” said AAA of the Carolinas spokeswoman Tiffany Wright.  

“We know that within the next 24-48 hours we’re still going to see limited supply here in the Carolinas.”

Wright says gas supply should be back to normal within a week, but she says you shouldn’t expect prices to drop anytime soon.

“I do expect that gas prices are going to continue to climb,” said Wright.  “It’s inevitable because the world is opening up, demand is going to be going up, so prices are going to be inching upwards for the foreseeable future.”

GasBuddy Analyst Allison Mac says she expects prices to peak around $3.05 sometime in June.

“I don’t think it’s going to be any kind of record setting gas price year,” said Mac.

“Just don’t panic,” said Barnes.

“We are having supply flowing into Raleigh so that’s good news,” said Mac.

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