February 24 2018

Hurricane Harvey leads to increased retail gasoline prices

February 24 2018, 05:48 | Clarence Walton

Hurricane Harvey leads to increased retail gasoline prices

Hurricane Harvey leads to increased retail gasoline prices

With Hurricane Irma approaching, the upward gas prices trend is likely to continue.

Though Hurricane Harvey has come and gone, the storm's impact continues to drive up gas prices across the country.

Harvey forced the closure of a dozen refineries, some of which are back to producing gasoline at reduced levels, but GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan said the effects could linger for weeks.

GasBuddy, an app normally aimed at helping people find the cheapest gas prices in their area, has shifted gears and activated its emergency Gas Tracker feature to help with preparation and evacuation.

But for now, the increases are significantly noticeable in some locations.

On average, a gallon of gas cost $3.19 in California and $2.69 nationwide on Friday. In Orange County, the average gallon is $3.15; in Los Angeles-Long Beach it's $3.18 while in Riverside-San Bernardino, its $3.10. Franklin County residents are paying, on average, $2.93 per gallon, while Adams County residents are paying $2.96 per gallon, as of Thursday morning.

"There are really no oil production facilities in the path of Irma", he said.

Add in last week's images of flooding in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the panic becomes magnified.

An app company that got its start in Saskatchewan is helping Americans get through the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. The pipeline is starting to resume operations. The company said it was shipping what it could and working "diligently and expeditiously" to complete fix work. City average gas prices hovered around $2 per gallon before Harvey hit and spiked to $2.49 per gallon as of Tuesday. Some of that is being directed elsewhere. "Gasoline from our area is being sent there and to Florida". "I rolled the dice", he said, "just feeding off the insane energy in South Florida". "Irma presents a different challenge for the industry".

"With Harvey we were dealing with production". Colonial Pipeline, which transports petroleum products from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast, restarted its Line One and Line Two pipelines early this week.

"Since we are part of the supply chain, if something major happens, we do get impacted", Montgomery said. "Just taking all the precautions I can".

The Florida Highway Patrol said filling up gas cans at service plazas on the Turnpike are not allowed in order to expedite travel.

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