Gas rationing is now in effect in New York City's five boroughs and on Long Island, but the effectiveness of the program may depend on where you live, experts say.
Serious damage to the Inwood terminal on Long Island where tanker trucks fill up with gasoline for Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County means lines for gas there could last longer than in Manhattan, Staten Island, the Bronx and Suffolk County.
"Shell has not been able to get its product in," said Ralph Bombardiere, the executive director of the New York State Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops. "That takes perhaps 8 to 9 percent of the product they would normally put out there, and it's cutting into our inventory."
The Shell terminal at Inwood is expected to be shutdown for eight to 10 weeks, and damage to other terminals in Brooklyn and Queens has also exacerbated the problem.
But it's not all bad news for the Western part of Long Island.
The Glenwood Landing terminal in Nassau County came online Thursday, which means one more key terminal is the area is providing gas to tanker trucks for delivery in the county and Queens.
"Once you get Glenwood Landing fully operational, that will help alleviate some of the stress," said Kevin Beyer, president and CEO of the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association.
No one knows how long the lines will last, but elected officials and industry officials say it's a matter of weeks, not days.