People rushing to gas stations across Central Virginia after pipeline hack

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — People are rushing to gas stations across the region after the Colonial Pipeline hack. Some stations have already run out of gas, like the Sam’s Club in Midlothian.

Romelia Dabney, an employee at Sam’s Club told 8News that gas prices have jumped 25 cents since this morning. They have been out of gas since around 8:30 a.m. this morning. She said people have been trying to drive through the cones and asking her where the gas is.

“My pumps were going slow and I’ve been through that. I know when they go slow it’s getting ready to run out,” Dabney said. “Do not just run around just to say you have gas in your car. Because you don’t know who else might run out of gas and then you might be out of gas yourself.”

Another station that has run out of gas is the 7-Eleven on Iron Bridge Road.

While some gas stations are running out of gas, some managers aren’t worried about a shortage. The Wawa on Broad St. near 288 and the BP on Ironbridge still had gas as of noon today.

While the manager of the BP station said they “may run out of gas,” he’s not worried. The manager said he’s already sold out of gas cans inside the store. That is something he usually has a large stock of but people are buying them up to make sure they have gas.

“Some customers are coming in and asking for gas cans,” BP Manager Hemil Patel said. “I’m thinking they might want to fill up and keep it in the garage.”

Andre Lucero, a customer at a Goochland County Shell gas station, said “When you hear about emergency shortages, it is concerning. I grew up in the 70’s and the gas shortages back then, so we had long gas lines in those days.”

Later in the day, Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in Virginia about the gas supply distribution throughout the state as a result of the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack.

“This emergency declaration will help the Commonwealth prepare for any potential supply shortages and ensure Virginia motorists have access to fuel as we respond to this evolving situation,” Northam said in his announcement.

This story will be updated throughout the day. Stay with 8News for more.

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