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Gas is cheaper and in greater supply

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

October 1, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Gas prices are down and supplies are up in much of south Georgia.In Thomasville Wednesday many stations had all three grades and no longer set a limit on how much gas customers could buy.

Thomasville drivers filling up their tanks were faced with the two very pleasant surprises.

"Prices went down yesterday about eight cents a gallon," says Jason Chastain, BP Manager in Thomasville.

You can find cheaper gas, and more of it.

"Business is back as usual, come buy it!" says Chastain.

This BP station and the Shell station across the street are selling gas at $3.69. Almost 10 cents cheaper than gas in Albany, and 20 cents lower than the state average.

"I noticed it had gone down a little bit from yesterday...just thought it was a relief so I figured I'd come fill up just in case it goes back up," says Brittany Harrell a college student at Southwest Technical College.

And she wasn't alone.

"It's a relief, it's a relief," says Andrea Hadley. She lives in Thomasville but makes the hour- long commute to Albany for work. She's excited she gets to fill up her tank for the first time in awhile.

"It really has gotten better because for a while there they were rationing gas for instance at this station you could only get 40 dollars and it was difficult to find gas around here," says Hadley.

But not anymore. Things are looking up. Wednesday, customers even had a choice as to which type of gas they wanted.

"What sounds like is happening in your area and in the Albany and Thomasville areas is that possibly now the stations are getting a full tanker load, their full allotment and are completely toping off the storage tanks. And of course that's great news," says Randy Bly with AAA Autoclub South.

And drivers seem to think more great news is on the way.

"I think there is going to be some relief," says one driver.

"It's going to get better," says another driver.

"I don't predict anything. But the way it's looking, it looks like it's going to keep coming down hopefully so cross your fingers because you never know," says Chastain.

"I think the worst is over I really do. Especially in the Southern Georgia area you're already seeing all the positive signs," says Bly.

So finally there are signs of relief at the pump, that are weeks overdue for South Georgia drivers.

Industry experts say fuel supply should finally balance out in the Southeast in the next ten days. Feedback