Greg Amendola was idling on a line of about 20 other cars on Crescent Drive in Port Jefferson Station waiting for his turn at the pump at the Hess gas station and he felt kind of lucky.
“There’s no gas to be found,” he said.
As power is slowly being restored to communities across Long Island, a new crisis is emerging: gas stations are running out of fuel.
"Many of the Island’s 6,000 gas stations overrun by drivers searching to fill their tanks are having trouble being refueled, as three of the area’s main terminals have lost power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and can’t supply tanker trucks waiting to deliver gas to retailers," reports Long Island Business News.
The Bolla Market Mobil station on Route 25A and Crystal Brook Hollow Road was out of gas, according to Amendola.
And the lines at the Sunoco in Mt. Sinai?
“Three times as long as this one,” he said.
People are also reporting that the Valero gas station in Mt. Sinai has extremely long lines.
Amendola who came to check on his business in Port Jefferson Station – a dental lab called Ama-Dent – decided to stop at the Hess because it was one of the only places around that seemed to have any gas at all.
“I’m from Rocky Point and nobody has gas there,” he said.