Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Report From On the Ground in Alabama

We haven't been hit by Ike. Yet. It is supposed to be coming through tomorrow. But we are feeling the effects.
About 75% of all the gas stations in my town are out of gas. The ones that have it are strictly rationing it and selling it for as much as $4.65 a gallon. I paid $3.55 on Thursday.

The damage reports from the refineries are not in yet, but the ones shut down by Gustav are just now re-opening and there was a lot more disruption from Ike. It may be days before the gas starts flowing again. This means a lot of people are going to have problems getting to work this week, and some of the delivery trucks may not make it to the stores. Depending on how this goes, it may well turn out to be a dress rehearsal for PO.

Katrina was not this bad. Prices went up and a few stations ran out -some stayed out of gas for a couple of weeks. But not nearly this many.


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