Super Storm Sandy Spawns Gas Shortage

Gas Shortage in Brooklyn, NY. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)
News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Thurs. Nov. 1, 2012: It was a scene straight out of a struggling third world nation – a line at a gas station for gasoline.

Flatbush Avenue, between Avenue H and Avenue I, in Brooklyn, New York, turned into a sea of automobiles as the Amoco gas station was flooded with cars, SUVs and vans, around 4:30 p.m., yesterday, Wednesday October 31, 2012, looking for gasoline.

Dozens flocked to the gas station just two days after Super Storm Sandy. The storm now only left flooding, downed trees and no power in parts but has caused a temporary shortage of gasoline and left many stations without power for their pumps.

The storm has also prompted the shutdown of two of six East Coast refineries in its path and forced reduced runs at four others, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Gas Shortage Hits NY After Sandy's Wrath (Hayden Roger Celestin image)
NYPD officers were called in to guard the gas station on Monday November 5, 2012, due to tropical Superstorm Sandy, which has caused a temporary shortage of gasoline and left many gas stations without power for their pumps.