UPDATE: Long Lines at the Pump

Many places out of gas. Where did you try to fill up after word of the gas shortage spread following Hurricane Sandy?

Update, Friday, 11:30 a.m.:  Cars wrapped around gas stations well into Thursday night with motorists — some waiting as long as two hours — hoping the tanks wouldn't empty out by the time they got to the pump.

But, as of Friday morning, some stations started to get shipments of fuel.

As of 10:50 a.m., Hess in Wainscott — where there were reportedly police posted — had 6,449 of regular and 548 premium, but had no mid-grade or diesel, according to Hess' inventory list on its website

The website has posted the list, including many, but not all, Hess gas stations in the area. Hess advises only heading to a station that reports having at least 5,000 gallons left. Any less, and it will probably be used up by vehicles already waiting on-line.

The Governor's office has advised local officials that part of the issue was the disruption of supply caused by the closing of the port in New York City. It will be opened by Friday afternoon. 

With the shortage of gas, Suffolk County has ordered gas station owners to limit customers to fill up just one tank of gas per visit and for those customers without power, up to an additional 10 gallons of gas per visit until further notice.

In a statement to the media, the county said that the state and federal government are working to restore infrastructure so that gas supplies can return to normal, but is advising residents that through the weekend, they should stay home or remain local.

Update, 5:45 p.m.: Hess in Wainscott is reportedly out of gas. The entrance is blocked off, according to motorists. 

Meanwhile, in East Hampton Village, Newtown Lane was shut down due to long lines to Schenck Fuels, where lines stretched down to Citerella. The fuel company opened to the public this afternoon.

Previously: Lines at gas stations throughout Long Island are the longest we've ever heard of or seen, as news broke that there's a gas shortage. 

A fight even reportedly broke out at the Hess gas station in Wainscott on Thursday afternoon, where lines stretched east along Montauk Highway past Rumrunner. 

One Wainscott reader told East Hampton Patch she fueled up with $40 worth of gas at the Shell station in Amagansett before it closed at 2 p.m. She gave us a run down of what's closed and what's still open as of about 3 p.m.:

  • Gulf/McCoy, Amagansett - CLOSED
  • Mobil, Amagansett - (parked, empty cars blocking both entrances but signs that said cash only)
  • Getty, East Hampton - CLOSED (shrink wrap around the pumps, signs they may have diesel)

We also heard that the Sag Harbor Getty was out of gas and there were very long lines, down to Yardley & Pino in Sag Harbor, at Harbor Heights gas station on Route 114.

Where else have you tried to get gas and found they had run out? Or, tell us what's open. What do you think of these long lines? 

Eastend50 November 01, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I posted the above Harbor Heights photo on Rt114, Sag Harbor, above. The line at 4pm today was a least 60 cars that snakes back onto a side street. The situation looks very grim indeed! Reminds me of the 1973-74 oil shortage where there was odd/even days. News reports advise this may continue to the end of next week!
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 09:46 PM
On Facebook, Amanda Rodriguez said, "Sam's Auto on three mile harbor rd has gas and the line is moving really quickly"
Eastend50 November 01, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Mobile Gas Station, Main Street, Amagansett will be pumping tonight until they run out of gas, No info on waiting time or whether they're taking credit cards or cash only.
richard appel November 01, 2012 at 11:16 PM
5 gallons per vehicle per day use odd and even plate on different day elimiate self service temporarely
Shrinkgirl November 01, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Taylor: when you meet with Dawn and Bonnie tomorrow on the air; please bring up these concerns. First of all where is Supervisor Wilkinson? Why is he not on Patch and FB and going around with a bullhorn and knocking on doors visiting our town?? I understand that Theresa's daughter was evacuated from NYU but where is Bill?? Our community needs reassurance. He needs to address the damage and the gas situation. People are panicking. Also: we desperately need a community radio station that will give us real news. I was without power, internet (no Patch) lights, water, etc. All I heard from WLNG was advertisements. Seriously, I listened all day. They spoke briefly about Sag Harbor's problems and about their own flooding in the station...but seriously.... they were the ONLY radio station available to those with battery operated radios. We had to listen to endless cheerful jingles and paid advertisements for insurance companies and paid "tree removal ads." In 1985 they were a life line for Gloria survivors throughout our town. Also: In 1985 and again in 1991 the Springs School (and other schools i am sure) opened their doors right away for showers and water. What has happened to us? I understand that only designated red cross shelters can house people overnight. But serving water and allowing for showers? The Springs School is shut tight now and last time with Irene.
Arnold Timer November 02, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Here's what I know between Wainscott and Hampton Bays. Sag Harbor Getty: No gas Harbor Heights: See above Wainscott Hess: No gas Bridgehampton -BP?: Gas and line backed up onto Butter Lane nearly to the train trestle Watermeill Hess: Gas and Backed up on Scuttle Hole past the RR tracks Watermill Shell: No gas. Southampton CO Rd 39/North Sea Intersection: All stations closed. Southampton Sunoco at Tuckahoe: No Gas Southampton Hess: Gas but lined up and police were telling people to move(might be out) Southampton Co Rd 39 @ Hill Station Rd: No gas. Southampton Hill Street: Closed Hampton Bays Shell @ Canal: Gas and line backed up to Katrinka's Deli. Summary: Not a good situation...
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 01:20 AM
We actually taped the Media Mavens today for tomorrow. I can't answer everything right now - but I know Supervisor Bill Wilkinson was on WPPB on Monday. WPPB lost power at a certain point during the storm.
Arnold Timer November 02, 2012 at 01:40 AM
My pleasure to contribute. The Patch websites have been so much more useful lately, and especially during this weather event, than the conventional media, that their owners should be very concerned. The amount of information you get to the public is far more timely and relevant than the same old sources. You guys have a tiny staff, and even though the newspapers try to stay relevant with their websites, and far greater resources, Patch is consistently ahead of the game. If you can manage to contain (or partition) the rhetoric in the blogs and leverage solid sources within the community, Patch will truly become a major part of the blueprint for modern information outlets. Thank you.
Momma Bear November 02, 2012 at 03:00 AM
It's going to be a fun weekend when the city people come and there is no gas. they are going to take more food off the shelves off the already almost empty shelves. we should make signs up to tell them to go home. we don't have enough recources for them. we have no use for them. good luck and get your bike ready. might be some tough weeks ahead of us.
Shrinkgirl November 02, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Momma Bear: We are all connected on this earth. Why so bitter? The "city people" are suffering greatly, don't you know that? 38 deaths in the city so far. Lower Manhattan is totally underwater. Have you seen the photographs? The subways are flooded. Let's be a bit more compassionate. Let's help one another. I hope you are doing okay, truly.
Momma Bear November 02, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Yes, i have compassion what's going on , i think the very wealthy people are very selfish to be driving big SUV's around and not conserving gas. there is no need for that during this time. everybody need's to conserve gas, and you know rich people are not very good at conserving. the working class is suffering a lot more than the wealthy people.
Shrinkgirl November 02, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Usually I would totally agree with you. But in this case; suffering knows no class. I also know a lot of working class dudes driving huge pick ups that don't conserve gas. Come on Momma Bear! I like your name. Be a real Momma Bear! Let's all take better care of one another and not be so judgmental. You are right; things may get tough in the next few weeks.
Momma Bear November 02, 2012 at 03:57 AM
It's great to help each other but at the end it's just you and your family.
Shrinkgirl November 02, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Momma: I don't agree. In the end it is you and your community and how well we all live together. Otherwise...it will be truly "the end." I believe I would help you if you needed it and vice versa.
S.B. Bonacker November 02, 2012 at 06:46 AM
It's starting to look like weeks, and not just days, before this situation passes. Brace yourselves, people.
Paul Monte November 02, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Carpooling and consolidating trips to supermarkets etc is a smart move right now till the situation eases. If you live in the EH area check out Vanessa Leggard's fb page. She's trying to coordinate that concept and put people together. Also, the good news is that the Coast Guard opened up the NY harbor to barges carrying petroleum products yesterday afternoon. So hopefully the gas should start flowing from there soon.
Chio November 02, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Is there any gas station whith gas today in East Hampton?
p brabant November 02, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Today is Friday who has gas
RJ November 02, 2012 at 01:38 PM
any gas
RJ November 02, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I called some marinas and they have gas and diesel but IRS regulations prevent them from fueling up cars and trucks!! We need to call our reps-Congress, senate, county and get them to permit these marinas to sell gas and diesel!! Thiele-537-2583; schneiderman-852-8400; schumer-631-249-2825; cuomo-518-474-8390; bishop-696-6500; wilkinson-324-4142!!!
Mojo November 02, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Marshall's in Montauk has gas and a long line as of 9ish this morning. All gas stations in Amagansett are out.
Edward November 02, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Momma bear's remarks are uncalled for. East Hampton doesn't have close to the problems that other towns in the metropolitan area have. We are all in this together, you cannot begin to measure the pain that our neighbors are feeling . Drop your bitterness or keep it to yourself, PLEASE!
Soozy's Film and Entertainment Blog November 02, 2012 at 04:03 PM
cable guys told me 2 hr wait at Hess in Wainscott
Essie November 02, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Yes - I heard they have a full tank also if their employees and family are in need. It's not for the public. Not real fair is it?
Essie November 02, 2012 at 06:13 PM
What about their full tank they have reserved for just employees and their families??
get a clue November 02, 2012 at 08:10 PM
I laugh at the idiocy of easy enders who don't get the fact that they wouldn't have an economy at all if not for "the wealthy city people"
Essie November 02, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Schenks fuel is the place that has the full tank for it's employee's.


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