GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) — Panic buying amid the Colonial Pipeline shut down is leaving gas stations dried up.
According to Gas Buddy, 24.8% of North Carolina gas stations are out of gas.
That number is even higher in certain metro areas.
Gus Buddy reports that 71% of Charlotte stations and 72% of Raleigh station are out.
As these numbers rise, the United States average for gas prices hit $3 a gallon for the first time in nearly seven years. The last time the price was this high was Oct. 30, 2014.
High costs don’t appear to be curbing demand, however. On Tuesday, U.S. gasoline demand was up 14.4% from last Tuesday.