Colonial Pipeline hack affects US petrol supplies
A ransomware cyber-attack last week forced Colonial Pipeline to shut down the main part of its network.
Colonial Pipeline moves more than 2.5 million barrels of refined products such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene used in the US daily.
North Carolina, Virginia and Florida have declared a state of emergency.
Colonial Pipeline has reportedly stated that it will not substantially restore operations of the 5,500-mile pipeline network that supplies nearly half of the East Coast’s fuel until the end of the week.
Affected areas include North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and southern Virginia, regions that typically rely on Colonial for fuel.
The average price for petrol was the highest on Tuesday since November 2014, at $2.98 (£2.11) per gallon, the American Automobile Association said.
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