ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal thinks Georgia motorists will be minimally impacted by a pipeline explosion that has interrupted the supply of gasoline to metro Atlanta. Deal says he’s hopeful fuel will flow through the pipeline again by Saturday.

The Colonial pipeline that supplies metro Atlanta with gasoline ruptured in an accident and explosion Monday in Alabama. But Deal says he thinks the company can make repairs by Saturday -- which he says should thwart any sharp price increase or gas shortages.

"I think they responded very well after the first leak that they had several weeks ago. And we are hopeful they will respond in an equal amount of time, and probably even in a shorter period of time, I am told," Deal said Wednesday.

Deal called on Georgians to avoid what he called "hysteria" by purchasing gasoline at their normal pace and not top off their gas tanks.

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