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A sign warns consumers on the avaliability of gasoline at a RaceTrac gas station in Smyrna, Ga., on May 11. The average national price of gasoline has risen to $2.985 a gallon, Bloomberg notes. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images

Reports of fuel shortages across the U.S. emerged on Tuesday as the national average for gasoline prices soared to its highest level since 2014 amid a key fuel pipeline shut down, per Bloomberg.

What's happening: Operator Colonial Pipeline aims to have service restored by the week's end following last Friday's ransomware attack that shut down some 5,500 miles of pipeline from Texas to New Jersey. The governors of Florida, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency Tuesday due to shortage concerns.

Vehicles line up to get fuel at a Sunoco gas station in Sumter, S.C., on May 11. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a regional emergency declaration on May 9 for 17 states and D.C., to keep fuel supply lines open. Photo: Micah Green/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Signs about limiting gas purchases displayed at a Marathon gas station in Smyrna May 11. Colonial said in a statement Tuesday it started a segment of the pipeline and delivered some 41 million gallons of fuel to locations including in the Carolinas, Georgia and New Jersey. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/AFP via Getty Images
Cars line up at a COSTCO at Tyvola Road in Charlotte, N.C. on May 11. There have been reports of panic-buying across the country. Photo: Logan Cyrus/AFP via Getty Images
A "fuel out" sign posted on an entrance at a Marathon gas station in Elizabethtown, N.C., on May 10. Photo: Andrew Sherman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Cars line up at a QuickTrip in Atlanta on May 11. Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images
Cars line up at a Chevron gas station in San Francisco on March 11. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include governors' emergency declarations and with more photos.

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At least 109 Palestinians and seven people in Israel have been killed since recent fighting between Israel's military and Hamas began Monday.

The big picture: Israel began massing troops on its border with Gaza on Thursday, launching attacks from the air and ground as Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel.

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U.K. government sets out agenda in first COVID-era Queen's Speech

Queen Elizabeth II walks behind the Imperial State Crown in the Royal Gallery of Parliament. Photo: Richard Pohle/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II laid out the U.K. government's agenda at the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday, marking the first Queen's Speech since the pandemic began and her first major public appearance since the death of her husband, Prince Philip.

Why it matters: In a pared-back ceremony, the queen set out Prime Minister Boris Johnson's vision for recovering from a pandemic that inflicted the worst death toll in Europe and worst recession in 300 years.

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The ransomware attack against the Colonial Pipeline — the massive East Coast gasoline artery — is a stunning real-world example of the increasing risks that the energy sector faces from a cyberattack.

Why it matters: Different parts of the vast American energy system are vulnerable — from pipelines to power grids to individual power plants and plenty in between.