Hundreds of people stood with red gas containers--and dozens of others slept in their cars and SUVs--waiting for a gasoline truck to turn up at a Hess station on Peninsula Boulevard in Hempstead on Friday.
"I've been here since like 3 am," said Mike Jackson. "I'm on 'E' right now. I was driving around overnight with my family in the car."
The gas shortage that's been an unwelcome side effect from Hurricane Sandy started for two, main reasons: tankers stuck in New York Harbor could not safely unload the gasoline, and even if it did get dispatched to local stations, so many lost electricity--they weren't able to pump it!
In Nassau and Suffolk Counties, finding a station with gas was a rare commodity--and if you did--you might have to lose a day's work waiting for it.
The people waiting at Hess in Hempstead were initially told it was arriving at 10 am Friday. At 9 pm, eleven hours later, they were still waiting, as the evening got colder and colder.
Earlier in the day, the Nassau County Executive, Edward Mangano, appeared at a press conference in Seaford with U.S. Senator Kirstin Gillibrand, (D)-New York, who pointed out the New York port was open and gas was being delivered to a lot of locations.
Unfortunately for the people in Hempstead, they watched at least seven gasoline trucks go by Friday evening, and as of 9 pm, they weren't stopping at Peninsula Boulevard and South Franklin Avenue.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun