Villagers were busy fueling up Tuesday amid fears of a gasoline shortage due to the hack of a major pipeline.
The Colonial Pipeline Co., which serves much of the East Coast, has been crippled by a ransomware attack. That section of the market is losing around 1.2 million barrels a day of gasoline supply due to the disruption, according to experts.
Villagers, fearing the interruption in supply could spread to Florida’s Friendliest Hometown, began proactively filling their gas tanks.
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A clerk at the Wal-Mart at Sarasota Plaza in The Villages said some Villagers were returning to the pumps several times within a short period, fueling multiple vehicles.