CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Hurricane Matthew is forcing people to wait longer at the pump than usual.
Governor Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that people should fill up their cars in case they have to evacuate. Within hours of the governor’s decree, there were lines and gas stations across the Lowcountry.
At the Sam’s Club Walmart combo station in North Charleston, some people waited more than an hour and a half just to fill up. “This evacuation is not anything I’ve ever experienced before,” said Nicole Dwyer, “I think we’re going to run out of gas.”
Some stations began turning away customers later in the evening once they were out. “I didn’t expect it to be like this – I was just coming to get gas,” said Ricey G, another driver, “it’s crazy and all directions, lines everywhere trying to get gas.”
Over in Mount Pleasant, David Orner says he thought he had a senior moment when the price per gallon spiked $.25 while he was waiting to fill up. “I looked over my shoulder in the price went up,” said Orner, who remembers the price gouging that went on during Hugo. The owner of the station Orner was admitted he raised the price, but he was trying to have fuel to sell since trucks do not come to his station until later this week. “I was calling to the oil and gas companies to deliver,” said AJ Singh, “they don’t have any room – they say everybody’s ran out of gas.”
Stations that are out of fuel say supply trucks are coming Wednesday morning and in some cases Thursday.