Sam Liptrap of Atlantic Beach siphons gas from his car to fuel his generator in Atlantic Beach, N.C., Aug. 28. Liptrap, who owns the Sand Dollar Motel, says Hurricane Irene cost him $2,500 in lost revenue this past weekend. Atlantic Beach was largely spared from the worst of the storm, but residents are likely to remain without power until crews can repair feeds to the area, which could mean more vacant rooms in the coming days for Liptrap.
Phillip Henry, left, of Morehead City, N.C., and Henderson Douglas, center, of Newport, N.C., wait in line for gas at a Shell Station on NC 24 on the outskirts of Morehead City, N.C. By early afternoon, only two gas stations were reported to be pumping gas in the area. Supplies waned as residents looked to fuel their generators.
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Chris Respess, middle, buys an electric generator from Randy Sparks in Washington, N.C., Sunday, Aug. 28. Respess said there are lot of people in Washington who still don't have electricity and are getting desperate. Sparks, who owns a discount grocery store in Belmont, Miss., brought a few hundred generators to sell along Rt. 264.