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Hurricane Irma expected to continue rise in gas prices, AAA says

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Bloomberg photo by Jayme Gershen
A sign reading “Sorry...No Gas” is displayed on a fuel pump at a Valero Energy Corp. gas station ahead of Hurricane Irma in Miami.

Gas prices will continue their rise this weekend as Hurricane Irma is expected to arrive in Florida, travel organization AAA said Friday, one week after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas and pushed prices to AAA’s highest recorded average this year.

The average price per gallon of self-serve, regular gasoline in West Virginia was $2.73 Friday, AAA said. That’s 19 cents above last week’s recorded average for the state. The national average Friday was $2.67, 15 cents above last week’s average, according to AAA.

An AAA news release said the gas price climb won’t stop this weekend and that a price spike next week in regions hit by Hurricane Irma is possible. Florida and the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina are expected to see increases “with ripple effects up the East Coast,” the release said.

“This increase in buying could worsen the already tight, Harvey-related supply issues along the Colonial Pipeline from Alabama to Virginia,” the release said.

The release said there will not be a gas shortage post-Irma, but added that “there could be an issue of getting gasoline supplies to impacted regions” before power is restored and roads reopen.

Charleston and the Huntington-Ashland area were slightly above the state average Friday at $2.77 and $2.78 per gallon, respectively.

The average price both nationally and for West Virginia last year was $2.19, according to AAA.

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