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

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DEARBORN, MI- AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have risen by about 7 cents per gallon in the past week as the effects of hurricanes on fuel supplies are felt.

AAA found regular selling for as low as $2.45 and as high as $2.84 per gallon.

The cost of gas in Columbia held steady Sunday into Monday, averaging $2.52 per gallon, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 350 retail outlets in the city.

As almost 7 million Florida residents flee the path of Hurricane Irma, gas is in short supply and prices have risen sharply.

Both GasBuddy and AAA Auto Club Group survey thousands of US gas stations across the country on gas prices.

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

Comparing it to one year ago today, gas in metro Detroit is up 36.8 cents per gallon and 16.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. A year ago, the state average was $2.32.

This compares with the national average that has increased nearly 2 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.65.

DeHaan said motorists should not expect to see any impact on gasoline prices due to Hurricane Irma because of the path the storm is expected to take. Including the change in price, the national average increased by 30.4 cents per gallon during the last month and was 48.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. "But as many Americans are now acutely aware, the impact on gas prices can outlive a storm, especially one like Harvey".

"With summer driving season now over", he said, "motorists stand to benefit from falling demand, which will help refineries bring gasoline inventories back to normal and thus gas prices".

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