Gas price hike comes as Texans hit the road for Labor Day

GasBuddy No shortage of gasoline due to Hurricane Harvey

At least, that's what it feels like these days, with gas prices spiking up an average of 27 cents a gallon nationwide during the past week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, according to AAA. But why is gas 37 cents a gallon more than last week in MA, where the only effect Harvey had was a few hours of heavy rain this past Sunday? Tuesday's rate outpaced the national average of $2.64 per gallon, up from $2.37 last week and $2.20 previous year.

Including the change in gas prices in Washington during the past week, prices Saturday were 29.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 13.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

Tulsa- $2.40/g, up 20.4 cents per gallon from last week's $2.20/g.

The average price was even higher in northern West Virginia, where it was listed at $2.901 in Bridgeport, $2.869 in Clarksburg and $2.877 in Morgantown. "Every state has seen average gas prices rise".

Gas prices are expected to decline by mid- to late September because early reports do not show significant damage to refineries in Corpus Christi and Houston, AAA spokeswoman Jeanette Casselano said in a statement Thursday.

Hurricane Harvey's aftermath are still being felt.

On Tuesday, Patrick DeHaan, an analyst for GasBuddy.com, wrote in a blog post that the biggest increases from Harvey are behind us, with a peak likely to be to occur sometime this week.

And just as operations in the Gulf Coast begin to recover, motorists are faced with the potential of another major storm.

The Labor Day price was $2.728 in 2016; $3.478 in 2015 $3.835 in 2014; $3.864 in 2013; a Labor Day-record $4.713 in 2012 (which analysts attributed to the August 6, 2012, fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, which reduced its refining capacity and the gasoline supply); and $3.958 in 2011, which then was a record. "Tennessee, Kentucky and OH are seeing 29 cent hikes", he said Friday.

On the plus side, eight Texas and Louisiana refineries have either restarted or ramped up production, according to AAA Northeast. Gov. Rick Snyder signed an executive order declaring a State of Energy Emergency for the temporary suspension of rules for gasoline vapor pressure.

"Products are flowing to the region, but we'll have to keep a close on the storm, as Irma's path continues to be updated", said DeHaan, of GasDaddy.

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