Washington, D.C., L to the capital of the United States was running out of gas, although the country’s largest distribution network increased deliveries after a cyber attack and authorities assured drivers that supplies would soon return to normal. The closure of the Colonial Pipeline for six days is the most disruptive cyber attack to date and has exposed the vulnerability of vital US infrastructure to cyber criminals. The widespread panic buying continued two days after the pipeline network restarted, leaving gas stations in the southeastern United States out of gas, even in areas far from the system. Prices at the pumps are at their highest level in years, two weeks before the summer peak season starts, when traffic increases. The national average price of gasoline has risen to nearly $ 3.04, the most expensive since October 2014, according to the American Automobile Association.
The gas station shortage in Washington, DC, rose to 87 percent from 79 percent the day before, the tracking company GasBuddy said. President Joe Biden assured drivers that supplies should return to normal this weekend. “Most of these outage states / areas continue to experience panic buying, which is likely a contributing factor to the slow recovery so far,” said Patrick De Haan of GasBuddy. “It’ll take a few weeks.” Colonial Pipeline announced late Thursday on Thursday that it had restarted its entire pipeline system connecting refineries on the Gulf of Mexico coast with markets along the east coast. Some states saw modest improvements, but cuts were still made. About 70 percent of gas stations in North Carolina were out of fuel, and about 50 percent of gas stations in Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia were shut down.