Jul 29, 2014

UPDATE: Long Lines at the Pump

Many places out of gas. Where did you try to fill up after word of the gas shortage spread following Hurricane Sandy?

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Update, Friday, 11:30 a.m.:  Cars wrapped around gas stations well into Thursday night with motorists — some waiting as long as two hours — hoping the tanks wouldn't empty out by the time they got to the pump.

But, as of Friday morning, some stations started to get shipments of fuel.

As of 10:50 a.m., Hess in Wainscott — where there were reportedly police posted — had 6,449 of regular and 548 premium, but had no mid-grade or diesel, according to Hess' inventory list on its website

The website has posted the list, including many, but not all, Hess gas stations in the area. Hess advises only heading to a station that reports having at least 5,000 gallons left. Any less, and it will probably be used up by vehicles already waiting on-line.

The Governor's office has advised local officials that part of the issue was the disruption of supply caused by the closing of the port in New York City. It will be opened by Friday afternoon. 

With the shortage of gas, Suffolk County has ordered gas station owners to limit customers to fill up just one tank of gas per visit and for those customers without power, up to an additional 10 gallons of gas per visit until further notice.

In a statement to the media, the county said that the state and federal government are working to restore infrastructure so that gas supplies can return to normal, but is advising residents that through the weekend, they should stay home or remain local.

Update, 5:45 p.m.: Hess in Wainscott is reportedly out of gas. The entrance is blocked off, according to motorists. 

Meanwhile, in East Hampton Village, Newtown Lane was shut down due to long lines to Schenck Fuels, where lines stretched down to Citerella. The fuel company opened to the public this afternoon.

Previously: Lines at gas stations throughout Long Island are the longest we've ever heard of or seen, as news broke that there's a gas shortage. 

A fight even reportedly broke out at the Hess gas station in Wainscott on Thursday afternoon, where lines stretched east along Montauk Highway past Rumrunner. 

One Wainscott reader told East Hampton Patch she fueled up with $40 worth of gas at the Shell station in Amagansett before it closed at 2 p.m. She gave us a run down of what's closed and what's still open as of about 3 p.m.:

  • Gulf/McCoy, Amagansett - CLOSED
  • Mobil, Amagansett - (parked, empty cars blocking both entrances but signs that said cash only)
  • Getty, East Hampton - CLOSED (shrink wrap around the pumps, signs they may have diesel)

We also heard that the Sag Harbor Getty was out of gas and there were very long lines, down to Yardley & Pino in Sag Harbor, at Harbor Heights gas station on Route 114.

Where else have you tried to get gas and found they had run out? Or, tell us what's open. What do you think of these long lines? 

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