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Hurricane Katrina has left a tragic legacy of death and destruction in Mississippi and Alabama, but the impact is reaching far beyond the devastation.

Closer to home, the biggest hit is being felt at the pumps as some gas stations are running out of supplies and others are limiting purchases. Prior to Katrina, a couple of oil refineries shut completely down, causing some suppliers to look for inventories on the open market.

This has created the wide disparity in pricing, and now somewhat of a gasoline standstill along the panhandle.

Motorists across our viewing area are pulling up to the pump for a big surprise, a limit on the amount of gas they can pump.

In Tallahassee, the Wednesday limit was $20 worth.

Catherine Hale says, "Got to do what you've got to do. If there is a shortage on supply, sometimes you've got to cap the amount people can get."

Heather Hawkins adds, "I guess they are doing the $20 cap so they don't have to raise prices, which I think is fine. People need to be driving less and getting less gas anyway."

An official with Florida's Petroleum Marketers Association says nine vessels have been rerouted from Texas to Florida ports.

Jim Smith says, "We have Jacksonville, Panama City, other sources of fuel. Yea, we're okay on product. If we just take our normal daily usage we're going to be fine until everything comes back online."

Some motorists believe the gas price situation is crazy.

Joshua Ezell says, "Diesel fuel is a byproduct of oil refineries, and then they are selling that for the same amount they're selling high test gas for, which is dead wrong."

The gas pipeline in Bainbridge is running low, and that more gas will not reach that area until possibly Saturday.

We're also hearing gas stations in Albany are close to restricting motorists to 10 gallons of gas at a time. There are long lines of people waiting to get gas in Albany. Many stations may run completely out of gas, but it won't be the same stations all of the time.

The shortage could last a couple of days.


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