RICHMOND (WRIC) - Several area gas stations ran out of gas recently, leaving customers with empty tanks to look elsewhere to get a fill up.
The news of gas stations running low left some motorist concerned.
Martha Meade with AAA Atlantic says the news of isolated gas stations running out of gas should not cause a panic.
"That's the first thing to understand, there is no reason for alarm, there is no gas shortage, everyone should be able to get gas."
She says panicking could actually make things worse.
"AAA really encourages consumers not to panic, because if everyone rushes to the gas station to buy gas in panic mode, that in itself could create a shortage."
All the gas stations who were out say they have since received gasoline.
And other gas stations say they are keeping their fingers crossed they won't run into the same issue.
AAA says there are several reasons for the shortage.
But the main reason according to Meade is the switch from the warmer weather to the colder weather that is expected.
"Refineries are switching from summer blends of gasoline to their winter blends. They drain their tank, reformulate their gas, and fill them back up. That is always going to cause a little bit of a drop in supply."
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