Concern over gas shortage after Alabama pipeline bursts

Massive pipeline explosion causes concern for gas shortages.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When you're fueling up at the pump the last thing you want to see is the dollar amount anything above average, especially ahead of the busy holiday travel season when every penny counts.

"I need my nickels and dimes," Anthony Brewer said, and with good reason. 

Brewer says he keeps busy driving his kids to and from school, baseball, ballet, you name it - and the miles add up. He says he fills up anywhere between $50 to $70 a week and uses most of his gas during rush hour.

That's why the news of another gas pipeline explosion in Alabama hits close to home. 

On Monday, as the huge plumes of smoke filled the air in Shelby County, U.S. gasoline futures jumped as much as 13%. That's the highest since early June.

Tiffany Wright with AAA Carolinas says, while we will see the effects here in the Carolinas, "Don't panic!" 

"Keep your normal gas consumption habits," Wright says. Otherwise the fueling frenzy will only increase our chances for a shortage. 

Wright says while fuel will still be coming in, because we have a vast supply, inevitably it will be at a much slower pace. 

Many are simply doing their best to keep positive saying there's nothing we can do about it, except be smart consumers and compare prices.  

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