Gustav getting to gas prices


Published: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 8:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 8:01 a.m.

Hurricane Gustav is projected to take a swipe at New Orleans and at gas pumps across the Southeast.

Facts

Average regular unleaded gas prices in Florida

Current $3.690
Week Ago $3.687
Month Ago $3.913
Year Ago $2.729

Source: AAA Auto Club South

Gustav's projected path includes the center of the Gulf of Mexico oil producing and U.S. oil refining industries. Hitting those areas will increase gas prices this week, according to Randy Bly, director of community relations, AAA Auto Club South.

In the auto club's weekly news release, Bly noted that the U.S. Department of Energy has told analysts "there is ample inventory of crude oil and gasoline." However, many oil platforms have already been evacuated ahead of Gustav and some companies have shut down refineries along thje Gulf Coast as a precaution.

"For now we can expect the forecast to diminish travel plans for some and it remains to be seen how the weather will impact the fuel supply," Bly said.

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