As of 3:30 pm Central Time, 35.2% of the gas stations in Baton Rouge didn’t have fuel, according to GasBuddy, an app that tracks fuel prices and demand. Nearly 30% of the gas stations in New Orleans were similarly without gasoline, GasBuddy said.
Importantly, these outages do not include gas stations that can’t service customers because they are without power, Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, told CNN Business in an email.
In other words, the actual percentage of gas stations that drivers can’t turn to for gas is likely larger in regions without power.
Two days after Hurricane Ida struck the Gulf Coast, virtually all the Gulf of Mexico’s oil production remains offline and at least nine refineries are shut down, according to regulators.
“This is a long duration event, if you don’t need fuel urgently, delay purchases for those who are critical and first responders,” De Haan said.
GasBuddy’s De Haan said the app has been tracking Louisiana outages, but earlier outage figures were vastly underreported because of a bug in the app that didn’t prompt the user for updates.
“Numbers may escalate quickly tonight now that we fixed the bug,” he said.