Harvey is now being blamed for rising gas prices across the USA, and the impacts could be felt here in Georgia and SC. Experts don't think consumers are going to see anything that dramatic, but there still could be an increase.
"One of the trickier challenges is the human impact", said Regina Mayor, global head of energy at KPMG who is based in Houston.
".it looks like gas prices are going to go up over the next few days".
Even without any damage, it could take a week or two weeks for these refineries to start back up.
The [Aug. 28, 2017] average price of per gallon of gasoline in Oklahoma today is up 1 cent from last week to average out of $2.10. By comparison, Hurricane Katrina sent the national average about 50 cents higher. That's 6 cents higher than a month ago and 14.4 cents higher than a year ago.
"Stations generally refill their tanks every two to five days", DeHaan said. The refinery interruptions have worsened as Harvey moved east on Wednesday, slamming into the Louisiana coast near the Texas border.
But he also warned Americans to be careful to place the blame on oil companies. Operations are suspended at the company's Galena Park marine terminal.
"Right now we're looking at maybe 3-5 cents a litre increase as a result of what's happened in the Texas Gulf Coast, with the number of refineries that have been affected", McTeague told CTV News.
Motorists throughout the US should expect gasoline prices to jump, while consumers driving in Texas, Louisiana and neighboring states will see the largest increase in the coming days and weeks. Domestic benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude slipped 13 cents Tuesday to $46.44 a barrel. Resistance on natural gas is seen near a downward sloping trend line at 2.95.