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Hurricane Harvey drives up gas prices by 35 cents at local pumps

Posted 9/6/17

Average retail gasoline prices in Harrisburg rose 34.9 cents a gallon in a week, averaging $2.83 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 241 gas outlets in Harrisburg.

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Hurricane Harvey drives up gas prices by 35 cents at local pumps

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Average retail gasoline prices in Harrisburg rose 34.9 cents a gallon in a week, averaging $2.83 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 241 gas outlets in Harrisburg.

This compares with the national average that has increased 23.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.64 a gallon.

Prices Sunday were 58 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 35 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 29.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 44.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on Sept. 5 in Harrisburg have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.25 a gallon in 2016, $2.41 a gallon in 2015, $3.39 a gallon in 2014, $3.60 a gallon in 2013 and $3.76 a gallon in 2012.

Areas near Harrisburg and their current gas price climate:

Lancaster: $2.84 a gallon, up 33 cents from last week.

Reading: $2.85 a gallon, up 31.3 cents from last week.

York: $2.89 a gallon, up 39.7 cents from last week.

“Thanks to Harvey shutting down an extensive amount of refining capacity, the national average gasoline price saw its largest weekly jump since Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005 when the national average jumped 49 cents in a week,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

“Every state has seen average gas prices rise. Texas saw shortages at hundreds of stations. It’s been one of the most challenging weeks faced in years,” he said.

DeHaan added: “Until Texas can recover from Harvey, gasoline prices will likely continue to remain elevated. The situation is beginning to look up, with many refineries either back online or in the process, and gasoline production is ramping back up. While it may be weeks or longer before all refineries are back online, we now turn our attention to Hurricane Irma.”

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