Some Long Lines At Gas Stations

2:13 PM, Jul 1, 2012   |    comments
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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) -- Silver Spring resident Vermeatha Grissett has had one heck of a weekend.

First, Friday's powerful storm made her family's long-planned move into a new house all but impossible, and then, this morning, she was forced to wait about a half an hour to fill up her car with gas.

"Thirty minutes for gas. I need it, I'm going to continue driving, I need it," Grissett said.

If the DC area's power problems continue for much longer, the area's gas problems will no doubt continue as well.  

There are two issues: First, a lot of gas stations lost power and, as a result, their ability to pump fuel, when the storm barreled through; and second, some stations that do have gas are quickly running out -- in fact, some have already run out -- as a result of the increased demand.

Bernard Parker was heading home to Michigan on Sunday after a brief trip to Maryland to visit family.  After braving a long gas line, he said he's getting out while the getting is good.

"We're on our way, I'm getting gas, so I'm getting ready to hit the road, so I'm happy, all is well, no harm done," Parker said.

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