Cyberattack on fuel pipeline causes gas shortages in multiple states

Multiple states face a dwindling supply of gas as a result of the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack by hackers with North Carolina declaring a state of emergency as pumps run dry.
2:47 | 05/11/21

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Now we have the fallout that have massive cyberattack of a critical fuel pipeline. Gas shortages now in multiple states, the governor of north Carolina declaring a state of emergency as officials urge drivers not to panic buy. Rebecca Jarvis has the latest for us, good morning, Rebecca. Reporter: Good morning to you, robin. As you say the colonial pipeline is critical to the nation's gas supply, 5,500 miles of pipeline running from Texas all the way up to New Jersey. You can see the aerial shots live in Georgia where their headquarters are right now and what we've seen in just the last 24 hours is gas prices continuing to rise, now 2.99 a gallon is the national average and by tomorrow you could see $3 gas. This morning, the cyberattack on the nation's largest fuel pipeline now leading to gas shortages as multiple states face dwindling supply. My gas tank is basically empty and all the gas pumps has out of service. Reporter: The white house says it's now monitoring supply shortages in parts of the southeast and is evaluating every action the administration can take to mitigate the impact as much as possible. Overnight North Carolina declaring a state of emergency as pumps run dry and officials - urge drivers not to panic buy. We're completely out of diesel and gas. Reporter: Already long lines and low fuel gauges. Hopefully we get more soon because we're about out. Reporter: Racetrac with 500 stations across the southeast seeing temporary shortages and warning of potential issues from Alabama to Louisiana, Tennessee and Georgia. As colonial pipeline aims to restore services by the end of the week analysts tell ABC news the longer it take, the deeper the impact. The impact also hitting the certain long haul American airlines flights will make stops to refuel announcing trips from Charlotte to London and Hawaii will have T divert to areas with more supply. When you go beyond five days out to about a week, a week and a half, you start running into actual physical losses, after ten days of an outage it would then become very challenging. Reporter: And while the impact from these problems are expected to be temporary, you should very likely see prices at gas stations like this one behind me continuing to rise throughout the coming weeks because we are entering the prime driving season and, Michael, we've also re-opened the entire country is now re-opening, that is causing much bigger spikes in demand than we saw last year. Last year at this time prices were below 2 bucks, Michael. Difference a year can make, Rebecca, thank you so much.

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