The gas shortage is a rumor -- not reality, said AAA of Arizona.
Spokeswoman Yvette Lopez says Hurricane Katrina has not affected gas supplies in Arizona. Instead, a transportation problem delayed delivery to some independent gas stations. Also, some drivers were panic-buying, causing some sporadic shortages.
"Panic-buying is when consumers call their friends and family and they all go out and buy gasoline," Lopez said. "It puts a huge demand on the existing supply."
Lopez also said drivers should not hoard gasoline. Instead, they should just continue their normal usage, and even try to conserve.