Local gas prices feel the effects of Harvey

The Regional President of AAA, David Poor, says gas stations have already increased on an average of about four cents.  He says we can expect that to continue to go up, but it's hard to predict how much, but it could be between 10 and 25 cents per gallon.

Poor says this is because a third of oil refineries are in the affected area in Texas and officials are just getting in to see how bad the damage is and when they can become fully operational again.  With Harvey heading toward to the Texas-Louisiana border now, where the largest refinery is, it could go up for the next couple weeks, maybe even months.

Poor tells us, "The good news is that prior to the storm, we were looking at surpluses of crude oil, which meant we were looking at probably lower prices going into the end of the driving season. With this happening now, they'll go up a little bit. Hopefully only temporarily and then go back down again sometime in the fall."

Poor says it doesn't appear holiday travel will be affected by the increase in gas prices.


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