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Propane shortage reaches North Carolina

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North Carolina is the second largest consumer of propane in the country. A national shortage is catching up with the state despite its large and cheap supply.

Donald Ferguson and his wife plan to stay inside near their electric heater as the latest round of winter weather passes over their Wake County home.

The Ferguson's use their electric heater to avoid using propane to heat their home.

"It's pretty costly," Donald Ferguson said.

The shortage can be blamed in part to a wet season in the Midwest. Farmers used more propane than usual to dry crops.

And more is being used in the North during the extreme winter weather.

Local dealers go to the Dixie Pipeline in Apex to get propane. The shortage has caused dealers from the Northeast and Midwest to come to Apex to tap into the supply.

Outside dealers were cut off Sunday to let the supply build back up.

Propane users are asked to check their supply and contact a supplier when their tank reaches 30 percent and try to conserve.

Experts believe the price of propane will drop as fast as it rose.

 

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Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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