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Some East Tennessee gas stations report running out of fuel

East Tennessee gas station
Published: May. 11, 2021 at 6:43 PM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 11:02 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Weigel’s gas station on Western Avenue confirmed it was out of gas amid the effects of a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline.

The gas station said it completely ran out of fuel around 8 p.m.

The Kroger Fuel Center located in Powell shut down pumps briefly on Tuesday after employees believed the center had run out of fuel.

Fuel Center employees told WVLT they had run out of gas and had to shut down as a result. Around 5 p.m. the fuel center said they were alerted by their scanners that they, “had a little more than they thought.”

The fuel center said it has a little diesel and regular gas left. They are completely out of premium and mid-grade fuel.

Experts at AAA said the situation is not a shortage and is temporary.
Experts at AAA said the situation is not a shortage and is temporary.(WVLT)

The center received a “big shipment” Monday night and has very little remaining.

Experts at AAA said the situation is not a shortage and is temporary.

The pipeline delivers nearly 45 percent of all fuel consumed on the East Coast. The FBI has assigned blame in the attack to DarkSide, a criminal organization.

The Kroger Fuel Center is located at 234 E Emory Road. Other gas stations in the area have also reported low fuel supplies, like the Weigel’s located on Kingston Pike near Smith Road in Knoxville.

Experts say that drivers should not rush out to buy gas because hoarding can cause a shortage.

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