Out of service: Gas stations run low as drivers rush to the pumps in Roanoke

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Tiger Mart on Peters Creek Road was one of many in the Roanoke area to sell out of regular and medium grade gas on Wednesday.

Part-owner Elias Bwary says he shut down gas pumps overnight as a precaution, but his gas station still sold out before 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 12.

“They drained the whole pump, the whole tanks. So we had to shut down, and turned it back on this morning and it didn’t last as you see,” Bwary explained.

One customer, Adam Dove was on his way to work and tried twice to get gas. He told WFXR News that both times, he had no luck.

“I thought I would come this way and check and see if there was gas, and they’re out as well,” Dove said.

He says he tried to stop by a Kroger gas station earlier, but, “There were lines everywhere and I was not getting in those lines to stop and get gas.”

In the past two days, Bwary says he’s seen more cars than ever.

“200, 300 cars, but the last couple of days we’ve seen thousands.”

He explained there is no clear timeline on when their station will get relief.

“We ran out of gas, we don’t know when we’re going to get it, but hopefully, hopefully soon,” said Bwary.

Economic experts from Virginia Tech warned drivers on Tuesday, May 11 that rushing to the pump was not ideal, and could cause the price of gas to rise. The national average has now surpassed $3.01, according to AAA.

With all of the panic, people are going to strange methods to be sure they have gasoline — including storing it

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