The average price of gasoline jumped in the past two weeks after Hurricane Harvey prompted the closure of refineries.
According to AAA's Fuel Price Finder, the price at the pump was as low as $2.55 in the Capitol Trail-Kirkwood Highway area between Wilmington and Newark.
Gasoline price website GasBuddy.com stated the national gas average has increased 30.4 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 48.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
On Monday, AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report had the five-county metro area at $2.725, making its third-highest of the state's largest metro areas behind Atlanta ($2.815) and Athens ($2.732).
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States most likely to see gas prices increase post-Irma are those directly in the storm's path with ripple effects up the East Coast. Brent crude, used to price global oils, lost 71 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $53.78 a barrel in London. After Harvey knocked out a quarter of the U.S.'s refining capacity, gas prices increased across the country.
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. Prices are up about 20% from the August average of $2.281 and 24% from the average a year ago of $2.199. Heating oil fell 2 cents to $1.77 a gallon.
"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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