My friend Katharine has commented on her own LiveJournal on the gasoline that cannot be found in metro Atlanta. Other reports I've read note great anxiety in western North Carolina with spot shortages in other Southern locations.
The word is that these shortages are due to hurricane-hampered refinery production, but new refineries aren't going to be very helpful if we're reaching the point where easy-to-extract oil ends, and all oil becomes painfully expensive. Hubby and I bought our new place for several reasons: one was to be less oil-dependent that we might otherwise be. (Remind me of that as food transportation costs become more noticeable: you can't really escape oil use in our economy.)
I wonder if the folks back home shouldn't welcome this recent shortage as a dry run for times to come.