A major storm south of here could cause a pinch at the pump. Hurricane Harvey is headed towards a refinery-rich stretch of the Gulf Coast.
Some refineries are expected to shut down until the storm passes, which could disrupt gasoline supplies. Drivers could soon feel the impact of those disruptions when they fill up their gas tanks. Wholesale gasoline futures rose 3% on Thursday and experts say price increases will quickly reach gas stations.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina caused a 40% increase overnight, so fill up now.
This time, the full impact of Harvey might not be known until Monday after refineries have had a chance to assess the damage.