The big news in my area(Greater Charlotte, NC area) is a shortage of gas. Most gas stations are out, and those who aren't will be by tommarow. This is crazy. Evidently, because of the large power outage, the pumps that pump gas to the east coast have stopped. We are very quickly running out of gas.
I know that all the deaths and loss of property is bad where Katrina actually affect, but it is causing more widespread problems. I filled up(Not because of the shortage, but because my gas light was on, and had been for a while). Gas prices have jump 50c-$1 in 1 day! That is horrible. Evidently, this is effecting most of the East Coast, or at least the southern East Coast. Gas has gone though the roof. Charlotte will shutdown without gas. We do not have a rail system (well, not one capable of handling even 1/20 of the working population), the same goes with buses. So mass transportation is out. So if we run out of gas, we cannot function, it just is not possible. Most people who work in Charlotte(The banking capital of the USA) do not live in Charlotte, but live at least 20 miles away. Too far to ride a bike.
And once again, we are the *Banking Capital of the USA! What do you think it will do to the economy when most of the major banks have to stop 50% of their function because they don't have anyone to work.
*After sep. 11 attacks on the WTC, New York might have taken that tittle back already.