This has been an all-too common sight around Atlanta for the past 2 1/2 weeks. Due to some pipeline issue (in part from Hurricane Ike?) the gas stations in Georgia have been unable to refuel. It wasn't such a big deal at the beginning and everyone thought it would only last a couple of days. This BP ran out of gas 2 weeks ago, but the QT across the street still had gas.
But then the stations started dropping like flies. A Shell near my house still had gas, but there was a $20 limit. Do you know how much gas $20 will get you at $4.39 a gallon? Exactly. Not Much.
On Monday, I had reached dire straits... My gas gauge was as low as it could go and I had already gone to THREE gas stations (none anywhere near my house!) and had no luck. Gasbuddy.com saved me! The website posts the price of gas at stations in your area with a time stamp. Normally, this is so you can find the cheapest place to fill up. But in this case it was to see what stations even HAD gas. In some cases it even said how many cars were in line at each station. I drove to a station I never would have visited and was able to fill up my car.
What a happy sight!
Things seem to be getting better. Most of the stations around us seem to have gas now, so maybe the crisis is over.