UPDATE (5:05 p.m. 11/8): Starting at 5 a.m. on Friday, November 9, Long Island will begin odd/even gas rationing in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. Cars are designated odd or even according to the last number on their license plates. Friday will be considered an odd day. Also note that vanity plates are considered “odd.”
New York City will begin odd/even gas rationing at 6 a.m. on Friday.
Residents and commuters in the Hamptons and the East End have been struggling to fill their tanks since the gas shortage took hold last week, but things have been a little easier thanks to a few handy websites and a network of helpful folks on Facebook. Among them, GasBuddy.com features a fairly reliable Storm Sandy Gas Finder, and the Where to find GAS on Long Island group on Facebook, started by Raina DiSanto Mosca of Holbrook, has proven to be an active, community-driven place to find gas info. Hess has an excellent utility on its Hess Express website where consumers can see the amount of fuel available at each of its many stations in the NY and NJ area, and the time reported. Click here.UPDATE (2:33 p.m. 11/8): As of 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Hess on County Road 39 in Southampton was pumping gas with no wait. While many stations remain without fuel, it’s likely that lines will soon be a thing of the past.
Thanks also for those of you who have sent in tips and updates. To see past updates and follow the progress of the East End’s gas shortage, click here.
As of 11 a.m. on Thursday, Citgo at 541 Pantigo Road in East Hampton, Gulf at 56 Montauk Highway in Amagansett and Hess at 346 Montauk Highway in Wainscott were pumping gas.
Gulf at 2148 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton had gas and 30-minute waits as of 1 p.m. on Thursday.
At 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, Getty on the corner of Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike and Brick Kiln Road in Sag Harbor was open with a line.
Mobil at 175 North Ferry Road on Shelter Island had gas as of 11 a.m. Thursday.
Hess on County Road 39 in Southampton was also pumping gas at 9:40 a.m. with a short line on Thursday.
As of 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Hess at 239 W. Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays was filling tanks with almost no line.
All stations in Flanders were reported open Thursday morning and filling tanks with no lines. Hopefully this level of normalcy will continue to travel east and gas will be flowing unhindered before Monday.
Check back for more updates and please post your own gas tips, info and updates in the comments below.