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Loudoun residents rush to gas up as possible shortage looms

At least one Ashburn station was completely out of regular, plus and premium gasoline.

It appears the anticipated run on area gas stations is underway as reports circulate that a possible gas shortage could impact the East Coast. It’s all happening because of a computer hack that forced the shutdown of a major pipeline in the region.

A quick zip around Ashburn found the Sunoco gas station at the Goose Creek Village shopping center was completely out of regular, plus and premium gas. Signs posted on each pump alerted drivers that most of the fuel was gone. That would make it part of the roughly 7.7 percent of gas stations in Virginia that had run out of gas supplies as of 4 p.m. today, according to reporting by CNN.

The Sunoco station at Goose Creek Village which was out of most types of gas Tuesday afternoon.

Short but noticeable lines were forming at the small Sunoco station on Truro Parish Drive in the Broadlands, where every gas pump was in use this afternoon. The Royal Farms off Claiborne Parkway has also been busier than usual all day, according to a store employee.

Every pump was in use and cars were waiting in short lines at the Sunoco station on Truro Parish Drive in the Broadlands.

Phone calls to gas stations in other parts of eastern Loudoun County, including Leesburg, Sterling and South Riding found the same thing — fuel stations much busier than normal with people gassing up. A Sheetz employee said at one point, there were 20-30 cars waiting to get into the lot for the location on Edwards Ferry Road NE. And unconfirmed reports were circulating that some Leesburg stations were out of fuel.

Meanwhile, according to CNN, a small but growing number of stations are running out of fuel up and down the East Coast, including in North Carolina as well as Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Experts are warning the shortage is leading people to “panic buy” gasoline, which could extend supply problems longer than necessary. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency Tuesday to deal with possible fuel supply shortages.

15 Comments
  1. Sterling 20164 5 months ago
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    Exxon on Miller Drive in Leesburg is out.
    Hamilton Service Center out of gas, not expecting any for a few days. Has diesel, though.
    7-11 in Purcellville out, heard reports that the other gas stations in the middle of Purcellville were out, but unconfirmed.
    Major stations in Leesburg okay as of this evening.

  2. EV's rule 5 months ago
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    My electric cars are fully charged. No waiting, no lines, no price gauging, no kidding.

  3. Sterling 20164 5 months ago
    Reply

    Exxon on Miller Drive in Leesburg is out.
    Hamilton Service Center out of gas, not expecting any for a few days. Has diesel, though.
    7-11 in Purcellville out, heard reports that the other gas stations in the middle of Purcellville were out, but unconfirmed.
    Major stations in Leesburg okay as of this evening.

  4. Sterling 20164 5 months ago
    Reply

    Exxon on Miller Drive in Leesburg is out.
    Hamilton Service Center out of gas, not expecting any for a few days. Has diesel, though.
    7-11 in Purcellville out, heard reports that the other gas stations in the middle of Purcellville were out, but unconfirmed.
    Major stations in Leesburg okay as of this evening.

  5. EV's rule 5 months ago
    Reply

    My electric cars are fully charged. No waiting, no lines, no price gauging, no kidding.

  6. EV's rule 5 months ago
    Reply

    My electric cars are fully charged. No waiting, no lines, no price gauging, no kidding.

  7. Frank 4 months ago
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    Imagine if there was another source of fuel that didn’t involve massive pipelines, shortages, environmental destruction and wars in the Middle East and elsewhere? If there was some inexhaustible source of energy that came from the sky? Some way of harnessing that energy that didn’t involve burning waste in to our atmosphere?

  8. Wayne Brandish 4 months ago
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    I want to thank all the selfish people in Virginia and Loudoun county that filled up their cars that they’re not driving. I’m struggling to find gas for the Vespa that I drive daily that has a 2.5 gallon tank. Thank you selfish people who have cars sitting in your garage with full tanks that won’t be driven for the next month that you just filled up.

  9. Frank 4 months ago
    Reply

    Imagine if there was another source of fuel that didn’t involve massive pipelines, shortages, environmental destruction and wars in the Middle East and elsewhere? If there was some inexhaustible source of energy that came from the sky? Some way of harnessing that energy that didn’t involve burning waste in to our atmosphere?

  10. Frank 4 months ago
    Reply

    Imagine if there was another source of fuel that didn’t involve massive pipelines, shortages, environmental destruction and wars in the Middle East and elsewhere? If there was some inexhaustible source of energy that came from the sky? Some way of harnessing that energy that didn’t involve burning waste in to our atmosphere?

  11. Wayne Brandish 4 months ago
    Reply

    I want to thank all the selfish people in Virginia and Loudoun county that filled up their cars that they’re not driving. I’m struggling to find gas for the Vespa that I drive daily that has a 2.5 gallon tank. Thank you selfish people who have cars sitting in your garage with full tanks that won’t be driven for the next month that you just filled up.

  12. Wayne Brandish 4 months ago
    Reply

    I want to thank all the selfish people in Virginia and Loudoun county that filled up their cars that they’re not driving. I’m struggling to find gas for the Vespa that I drive daily that has a 2.5 gallon tank. Thank you selfish people who have cars sitting in your garage with full tanks that won’t be driven for the next month that you just filled up.

  13. Scott Gammans 4 months ago
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    Quick! Someone get that gas pump a set of Depends! LOL

  14. Scott Gammans 4 months ago
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    Quick! Someone get that gas pump a set of Depends! LOL

  15. Scott Gammans 4 months ago
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    Quick! Someone get that gas pump a set of Depends! LOL

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