State of emergency declared in 4 states as gas pumps run dry after cyberattack

Florida, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina have declared states of emergency over fuel shortages along the East Coast, as the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline enters its sixth day.
2:37 | 05/12/21

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Reports of gas shortages in at least eight states right now. And four states declaring states of emergency as gas prices now spike in the wake of that fallout. So many images like this one across the country, those long, long lines at the pump. Air travel also impacted. Some flights may soon be canceled due to fuel shortages. Our transportation correspondent gio Benitez has all the latest from Atlanta. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Hey, Michael, good morning. Yeah, this gas station just got a delivery overnight and they're already running out. Only regular is left here. Across the street there is no gas at all. And then there's the price. Aaa says that the national average is over $3 a gallon. This morning, states of emergency declared in Georgia, Florida, Virginia and north Carolina as pressure at the pump spreads up and down the east coast. We have sold 4,000 plus gallons within three hours. We're already out of unleaded regular. Reporter: Cars waiting to refill tanks as prices rise and pumps run dry at more than a thousand gas stations. Everywhere I go bags over the gas pump. I'm trying to make sure to get to my appointment. Reporter: This man appeared to fill several cans at a gas station. The secretary of energy urging Americans to be patient. As much as there was no cause for, say, hoarding toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic, there should be no cause for hoarding gasoline. Reporter: As the shutdown of the colonial pipeline enters its sixth day fuel price monitor gas buddy reporting extreme outages in major cities overnight, 60% of stations in Norfolk depleted. 50% in Atlanta and 35% in the shortage creating dire situations for many. I've got a gallon in the tank and I live in monksville. I'm not sure if I'll get back to If not I'll be sleeping in my car at work overnight. Reporter: Some will have to make pit stops for fuels on long flights to Hawaii and Europe and cancellations could be next. Some homeland security officials are calling the cyber attack the most devastating attack on critical infrastructure systems to date. The CEO of colonial will make a decision today about when to restart that pipeline. It'll take a few days to be fully operational.

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