People scramble for gas in the Triad; experts say that could make shortage even worse

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Sheetz on New Garden Road in Greensboro was like many people have never seen it before. It was packed with cars, some pumps had a line two or three vehicles deep. Everyone is waiting to get gas.

"I said it's not going to happen to me again, I'm going to have as much gas as I can to get to work," said Phillip Pough, who stopped by the gas station right after work Tuesday night.

Other drivers were in the same mindset. They say after the shortage in September when the Colonial Pipeline had a leak, they don't want to take any chances.

Monday, there was an explosion and fire on the main line of the Colonial Pipeline in Alabama. One person was killed and several others were injured.

The company's main line, which supplies 70 percent of North Carolina's gas, is now shut down.

Patrick DeHaan, petroleum analyst with Gas Buddy, says people going into panic mode will only make potential shortage issues worse.

"That motorists are out there filling up just on a whim is the exact thing that they should avoid doing just because it will make the situation worse, it will prolong how long supply is challenged in that marketplace," DeHaan said.

Gasoline supplies in North Carolina are already low after days of no fuel flowing to the state in September.

DeHaan urges drivers to limit their time on the road whenever possible and if they do need to fill up, to only get the number of gallons they really need.