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Nashville pumps dry after panic about rumor of no gas
CNN) -- Call it a self-fulfilling prophecy: An estimated three-fourths of gas stations in the Nashville, Tennessee, area ran dry Friday, victim of an apparent rumor that the city was running out of gas.
AAA: Nashville has worst gas shortage in southeast
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville continues to see the worst gasoline shortage in the southeast.
It was an unsettling, recurring sight over the weekend. On Memorial Drive Friday afternoon, drivers lined up from Clark Boulevard to Old Fort Parkway, some even getting out of their cars to chat with a fellow gas-hunter during the wait, all hoping to inch their way into an overcrowded, run-down Mapco.
Middle Tennessee found its way onto national news networks as the gas shortage-which had been worsening in the days after Hurricane Ike-reached a pinnacle point. The results of the shortage became all too familiar and apparent the past few days. Dozens of cars crammed into a station, lines of cars stretched along some of Murfreesboro's busiest streets, blank price signs and plastic bags proliferating fuel pumps became common sights.
"It's been scary, because you don't know exactly when and where you're going to be if you run out of gas," said Matt Frierson, senior political science major. "I think we should just let it play out. If people keeps filling up their tanks and emptying the tanks in the ground, it's going to have to be regulated.
On Sunday, the shortage and ensuing panic seemed to be letting up, but state and industry officials have warned that it will most likely persist for the rest of the week.