Additionally, AAA said in a news release that multiple refineries and drilling rigs near the Texas coast had to be evacuated.
Prices were spiking in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky to $2.55 - $2.59 a gallon Thursday, Aug. 31.
Fuel is tight because most refineries along the coast have either been shut down or their output has reduced. The Colonial Pipeline "is operating intermittently when refinery and terminal product is available to fill the line", according to the department.
Donati said Arizona residents have not seen as much of an increase in gas prices as other parts of the country because the state does not rely directly on any of the oil refineries that were shut down by the hurricane.
TD Securities analyst Bart Melek said in a note Friday he expects crude oil prices to strengthen to above US$50 per barrel before the end of September as Houston refineries, ocean import facilities and pipelines gradually return to normal operations.
Nationwide, gas prices jumped 7 cents to fill out the national average at $2.52 a gallon.
"In our area, the fuel supply has gotten tight, prices have spiked a lot".
Did you find a station with no gas, long lines or high prices?
"People trying to get away from this hurricane, they need their money", says House.
At least two major pipelines - one that ships gasoline across the southern United States to NY, and another that flows north to Chicago - have been slowed or stopped since Harvey struck the Gulf region.
Edmonds said relief will come when the first retailer becomes concerned about losing customers over price. Gas pumps will have to raise the prices of regular as a response to what's happening.
The good news is that prices are expected to drop back down to their previous averages once the refineries get up and running again.