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


The natural disaster's domino effect forced the closure of the Columbia Pipeline - the country's major oil line - and several gasoline refineries, but the Upper Midwest is not expected to see price hikes as large as those in the South and Southeastern states and along the Atlantic Ocean seaboard, industry officials say.

And drivers could face higher gas prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey - with potential delays for pipeline deliveries, refinery closures and widespread flooding throughout Texas and parts of Louisiana.

According to GasBuddy.com, which tracks fuel prices nationally, the average price of gasoline in the USA was $2.55 a gallon Friday.

In the bay area, prices have risen 8 cents from last week.

According to AAA, as of Friday the average price for gas in Alabama sits was sitting at $2.30.

"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.

"Last week it was $2.19, a couple of weeks ago it was just $1.99", says Tillis.

Amy Donelson, of Hurley, said she noticed the price went up but said it was not as bad as it has been in the past.

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Experts say it's all because of Tropical Storm Harvey, which barreled down hundreds of miles away, where this state gets most of its fuel.

"I think it's temporary and hopefully it will get better soon", says Sandler.

It's the highest national September gas price in two years.

Statewide, the average cost was $2.37 on Friday.

"We have seen a high amount of road travel over the summer and anticipate a busy Labor Day weekend".

"We won't have any supply issues here", he said.

He said he is anxious consumers will start buying up gas out of fear of supplies running dry. "Typically, Labor Day gas prices trend down, but this year because of Hurricane Harvey we're trending up".