Minnesotans Feel Impact Of Harvey At The Pump

Gas prices see record rise in Carolinas after Hurricane Harvey

The average cost for the week hit $2.70 per gallon, still 44 cents more than last week and the highest price recorded locally in two years.

KINGSTON, N.Y. Average retail gasoline prices in NY rose 28.5 cents per gallon last week in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, reaching $2.76 per gallon on Monday, and the approaching Hurricane Irma could drive prices even higher. The closing of East Texas refineries and shipping routes turning impassable during Harvey's hit created a supply drop reflected in pump prices. But they could be leveling off as Gulf refineries come back online after Hurricane Harvey shut them down.

At the same time, the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies much of the gas in coastal Georgia and SC, shut down a portion of its operations on Thursday and Friday due to a shortage of available gasoline in Texas.

"AAA will continue to monitor Irma's path and the potential impact the hurricane could have on the Carolinas, as well as the refineries, pipelines and distribution", Wright said.

Meanwhile, the path that Hurricane Irma will take - and whether possible evacuations in North and SC will affect local fuel prices or cause shortages - remains unclear.

The pinch at the pump was a direct result of Harvey: enormous rain flooding refineries, wind and waves closing vital ports, causing massive disruptions to oil refineries, of which over a dozen had to shut down, with it closing over a quarter of the country's refining capacity. After Katrina made landfall, gas prices ascended by 49 cents in just a mere week. It is 11.6 cents more than one week ago, 15.3 cents higher than one month ago and 39.3 cents more than one year ago.

The good news is that gas prices in MI are expected to keep rising only until Thursday, hitting as much as $2.77 a gallon, he said.

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Valero's Three Rivers refinery continued to step up its operations Tuesday while the company's Houston refinery will increase production as transportation and distribution infrastructure becomes available.

Current U.S. gasoline inventories sit at a surplus with 230 million barrels.

The local gasoline supply was better, but not back to normal Tuesday.

The price of regular unleaded gas at the Sunoco on Merrimac Trail is $2.59, a 20-cent increase from before the hurricane, Rash said.

Flint drivers are seeing a price of $2.56 per gallon, up 5.3 cents per gallon from last week's $2.51 per gallon. Pipelines that had to shut down for precautionary measures are in the process of coming back or have already started up again.

You still have a lot of time to get gasoline before Hurricane Irma gets here, but prices haven't finished climbing.

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