Gas Is Scarce and Expensive in Florida Ahead of Destructive Hurricane Irma

Jerome Frank
September 12, 2017

Looking at other areas in metro Detroit and northern OH, gas in Ann Arbor is up 3.9 cents to $2.68 a gallon, 11.5 cents in Flint to $2.68 a gallon and down 6.2 cents in Toledo to $2.54.

KINGSTON, N.Y. The average retail gasoline price in NY state rose another 3.6 cents per gallon last week, reaching $2.79 per gallon, but might have experienced its post-Harvey peaked, an industry analyst says.

Unsurprisingly, prices are even higher in areas in the storm's path. Miami's average price is $2.778, for example.

On Monday, AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report had the five-county metro area at $2.725, making its third-highest of the state's largest metro areas behind Atlanta ($2.815) and Athens ($2.732).

The price of gas in MA has not changed this week. Officials expect prices to go down later this month as pipelines and refineries resume their full operations.

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The average price of gasoline jumped in the past two weeks after Hurricane Harvey prompted the closure of refineries.

On the flip side, as the southeastern USA gets hit by Irma, gas prices are likely to continue climbing throughout the region.

Gas retailers in Lowndes County have been operating under anti-price gouging regulations put forth in both state and local emergency decrees. At this time, Hurricane Irma is moving near the Florida Keys.

"Harvey may be long gone, but his wrath continued to drive gasoline prices up in much of the country in the last week". The national average has increased 30.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 48.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. "However, the effects are finally starting to weaken as refineries return to production and fuel begins to flow once again from many Houston refineries".

"With the summer driving season now over, motorists stand to benefit from falling demand", DeHaan added.

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