Gas prices soar due to Hurricane Harvey
The spike in gasoline prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has hit the accelerator.
The national average for regular was $2.56 a gallon by late Friday afternoon, an increase of 20 cents in the last week, according to GasBuddy.
Prices jumped at least 10 cents a gallon in 24 hours in Texas, Ohio, Georgia and the Middle Atlantic States, travel club AAA reported.
In Maine, AAA New England said the current price of gasoline climbed 6 cents overnight to $2.49 on Friday. That price is 12 cents higher than a week ago.
The nationwide average was already higher than most experts had given as a worst-case scenario when flooding from the devastating storm began knocking out refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast a week ago.
Two of the leading price-forecasting analysts, GasBuddy’s Patrick DeHaan and Tom Kloza of the Oil Price Information Service, now see the national average peaking as high as $2.75 a gallon in the next few days.
Now maybe we need a national plan to move some more of our refining capacity away from the Gulf Coast, where it is susceptible to hurricanes.
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