Average US gas price jumps after Harvey shuts refineries

Posted September 12, 2017

Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga have risen 4.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.56 per gallon on sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 170 gas outlets in Chattanooga.

Nationally, the average price of gasoline was $2.67 a gallon, up five cents from seven days earlier, while Georgia's average of $2.75 was six cents higher during the same period, according to the auto club.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

The upswing in prices marked a swift reversal from last week, when prices had declined in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

On the flip side, as the southeastern US gets hit by Irma, gas prices are likely to continue climbing throughout the region. "However, the effects finally starting to weaken as refineries return to production and fuel begins to flow once again from many Houston refineries, said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy".

"Drivers across the Mid-Atlantic region can expect continued higher pump prices as Gulf Coast refineries slowly come back online after Hurricane Harvey and regions face potential delivery delays due to Hurricane Irma", says Jana L. Tidwell, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

Including the change in gas prices in Chattanooga during the past week, prices on Sunday were 60.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 49.0 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. A year ago, the state average was $2.32. The average price a year ago at this time in MA was $2.10.

The price of gas in MA has not changed this week.