CNN can chalk it up to a rumor-induced panic, but timing and availability have been real problems for real families.
Most of us were already low from the post-hurricane events of last week. If you waited until payday to fill up, tough--mile long lines, cars stranded on the roadside.
With twice-weekly doctor visits, my own car was down to 1/4 tank. By the grace of God, I filled up just a day before the shortage. Otherwise, it would have been a long and worried weekend for this pregnant lady!
Last year I felt like a stranger walking to the grocery and library. This weekend, I saw more pedestrians than ever before. How many of us realized we didn't really need to go and do?
Even if it were an artificial construct, I'll never forget how vulnerable this shortage made us feel.