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Hour-long gas line in Northport Monday part of new normal seven days after Sandy.

Russ Hentze sat patiently in his truck Monday morning as the line inched up Fort Salonga Road in Northport. The East Northport resident was taking part in an all-too-familiar ritual for Long Islanders in the seven days since Sandy struck.

Hentze was waiting for gas.

The eight-pump Hess station across from Stop & Shop always did brisk business. But with fuel shortages and several rival gas stations without power, Hess is the only game in town.

People line up in cars for the extended wait simply in hopes the gas supply will last long enough for them to fuel up. 

“I’m feeling pretty confident,” Hentze, 56, said as he idled three cars away from the station. He’d waited 1:12 to that point.

A Hess employee said the station received a shipment at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and would probably be forced to shut down around noon. No word on the next shipment. Check back with this story for an update or use Hess' gas tracker. Another web resource is Gas Buddy.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned the gas shortage won't ease up until later in the week.

The Northport station, which has four 10,000-gallon tanks, has only received regular unleaded. It’s also limiting customers to purchases totaling $40. 

Another customer, Darline Turpel, 32, of Kings Park, was able to fill two gas cans. She was bringing the fuel home to fill other vehicles.

And her smile as each can was filled was priceless.

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Pam Robinson November 05, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Yesterday I saw a young kid, about 12, arguing with a gas station worker about the $40 limit, saying his brother and he should be able to get $80 worth since there were two of them.
Miranda D November 05, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Gasbuddy.com has been very helpful.
Laura November 06, 2012 at 06:55 AM
It is 1:00 am in the morning. My son calls me. A Hess station is getting gas in an hour. 10 cars are lined up on the road. If this is the new normal, I am afraid. Today I am going to vote. If this is the vision of the Democrat party, Romney & Ryan are looking very good. I cannot believe this is happening in America!
Tony November 06, 2012 at 11:03 AM
This has little to do with Obama or Romney or any party ... This has to do with poor coordination of our town officials who have done nothing substantive since the storm. We all complain about grid lock in Washington and party politics and we play right into it and contribute to the stereotype by claiming this is the fault of a political party! This is about the same old poor planning ... Time for a LOCAL change.
WARREN November 06, 2012 at 03:02 PM
buy a clue lady

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