Rising gas prices aren't stopping some Labor Day Weekend travelers

Rising gas prices aren't stopping some Labor Day Weekend travelers

Rising gas prices aren't stopping some Labor Day Weekend travelers

"We're on our way back to Seattle through Canada, so we're going to head on up to Ottawa today", said Cleary.

Hurricane Harvey, which wiped out almost a quarter of USA gas-refining capacity when it inundated parts of Texas and Louisiana, is sending gas prices up across the U.S.

Gas prices in Dutchess and Putnam counties averaged $2.65 per gallon as of Friday, an increase of more than 10 cents per gallon from the previous day, according to Gas Buddy, a smartphone application that provides users with information on fuel prices.

"Several refineries in the Gulf Coast region have gone off line here in the last couple of days due to the storm", said Josh Carrasco, a spokesperson for AAA.

"I would expect gas prices to continue to rise through the weekend, perhaps as much as another dime to 15 cents, then level off", she said. "That's based on the reports that we're getting about the status of the refineries".

Minnesota's typical price at the pump is about a dime less than the national average, reflecting the higher taxes that many states put on gas. "This will likely subside later in September following the holiday demand", said Bevi Powell, senior vice president with AAA East Central.

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The slowed flow of gasoline after Hurricane Harvey is hitting Maryland drivers right before they hit the road for the holiday.

To help mitigate fuel supply shortages, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a waiver requirement Wednesday for low volatility gasoline and reformulated gasoline in 12 states, including Kentucky.

Historically, Mac said gas prices decrease on Labor Day weekend.

The national average was $2.22 per gallon.

With Labor Day marking the unofficial end of summer, boaters are expected to bite the bullet at least one more time to pay for the high-priced, ethanol-free their boat motors inhale.

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