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A propane shortage around the country is leaving consumers worried in these frigid temperatures.

Propane supplies in the Midwest and Northeast are low following the cold spell. Prices are around record highs, up more than 17 percent from a year ago. Southern States in Fayette County said the shortage is affecting them and their customers, too. They haven't had to ration their propane yet but they are warning their customers.

"Basically we're telling people to conserve as much as they can and use alternate heat sources if they are able to," said Southern States Manager, Kyle Wilson.

Wilson said their prices are going up every single day and rationing their propane might be something they have to do soon. Other propane suppliers in our area tell 59 News they are already rationing what they allow customers to buy.