CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -- When you're talking about a problem like Sunday's windstorm from Hurricane Ike that knocked out power nearly a million Cincinnati-area residents, basics items like food, water and gasoline quickly rise to a premium.
And the hunt for gas has become a big part of the day for many Tri-staters. People have become experts overnight on what stations are open, which ones still have gas, and how much it will cost them.
Staci Ferguson couldn't have been happier to watch her gas tank fill up. She'd driven all over Cincinnati.
"We've been running around in circles pretty much just to find a place that actually had gas and where we had to wait in line but the line wasn't too long," she said.
Many others in Cincinnati know the feeling.
"A lot of gas stations are closed, so you've got to go where you've got to go," said Doug Hoff.
The Queensgate Marathon station had a lines four and five cars long on Wednesday, but ran out of gas later that night. Across the street, competitor Sunoco had power, too, but had already run out of gas due to all the demand.
"We don't know how blessed we are, and we have everything at our fingertips, so when we don't, people's nerves get a little bit edgy," said Cindy Gleason.
Gleason says the need for black gold has been the great equalizer.
Maybe she's right. It's hard not to find a little frustration in the long gas lines.
"You see how people react to things and it's not always nice to see, people aren't being very good to each other, but some people are," she said.
A few pumps away from Cindy, Staci Ferguson's just glad for a full tank.
"It has been very hard," said Ferguson. "It's been hectic. I'm going to get as much as I can today, and we'll go from there."
Ohio's gas average is 3.99 a gallon right now, but our region has prices way above that. We've seen a lot of $4.15, $4.20, even a $4.58.