Gainesville residents began lining up at the pumps Thursday as supply delays in the wake of Hurricane Harvey left some stores out of fuel and prices on the rise. On the first day of September, the average had risen to $2.42. The current average price is also a cent higher than the national average, $2.51, the highest price recorded all year, according to AAA.
Gasbuddy.com listed the average Wisconsin price at $2.48 Friday.
In a week, gas in Pennsylvania has jumped by 15 cents and gas in New Jersey has increased by 18 cents, but some say they'll make the trip to the Garden State to save money.
In all, it's creating an environment of potential ripple effects throughout the country. A gallon of regular gas is on the way up, after Hurricane Harvey shut down several Texas oil refineries.
The Colonial Pipeline announced Wednesday evening it expects to temporarily suspend its gasoline, diesel and jet fuel pipelines.
"Two of the pipe lines, including the Colonial pipeline have diminished capacity", Robert Sinclair, the media Directir of AAA Northeast told PIX11. It hopes to return more sections of the pipeline to service by Sunday. Prices are rising across the country in the aftermath of Harvey.
Labor Day Weekend is finally here, and drivers are gassing up for holiday travel, but some are reconsidering their plans. The national average is up seven cents from Thursday.
"There's a worry now that most of the Texas refineries could be compromised for weeks rather than days" said Kloza. "The markets are backing off but we'll see price increases". "What we are seeing is a reshuffling of distribution behind the scenes to prevent shortages".
However, It is planning to shut down the operations to the North East due to lack of supply from the refiners.
"It's going to get worse before it gets better", Ingram said.
Mack said the refineries still need to determine the extent of the storm's impact on their facilities. "Production will come back faster than refining so it is just going to exacerbate the situation where there's too much oil".
He said he is anxious consumers will start buying up gas out of fear of supplies running dry.