GRAFTON, Mass. – Gasoline shortages were reported Friday afternoon at service stations in Grafton and parts of Upton as residents topped their tanks in anticipation of a blizzard the National Weather Service has called potentially "historic."
At the Cumberland Farms on Upton Street near the Common, an attendant said the tanks went dry on Thursday and it was not known when a delivery would come.
The Prime Energy station on Main Street, Upton, closed around 1 p.m. when the last of the 10,000 gallon supply was pumped. The attendant said he hoped his next delivery would be on Sunday.
The BP station on the opposite corner was open and still had supplies.
Michael Awde, owner of Mike's Mobil on Worcester Street, Grafton, received an afternoon delivery after being closed for a short while. "We got the last delivery out of the terminal," he said. "We will stay open until 5 or 6 p.m., then reopen on Saturday as soon as we can."
The Shell station down the road had a limited supply and long lines. An attendant said they had only premium and diesel fuel and did not expect a delivery until after the storm.
Motorists who plan to fill up must do so by 4 p.m., when Gov. Deval Patrick has ordered a state of emergency and statewide travel ban.