Gas prices likely to remain high as Floridians face Hurricane Irma

Tampa Bay gas prices shot up 37 cents over the week to average at $2.65 per gallon, the highest prices on record since July 2015.
Tampa Bay gas prices jumped 37 cents over the week to hit $2.65 per gallon. | [Times file photo]
Tampa Bay gas prices jumped 37 cents over the week to hit $2.65 per gallon. | [Times file photo]
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Hurricane Harvey may have passed, but Florida motorists are still feeling the residual wallet pinch.

Tampa Bay gas prices shot up 37 cents over the week to average at $2.65 per gallon, the highest prices on record since July 2015. According to AAA, the Auto Club Group, gas prices in Florida jumped 33 cents over the past six days to $2.64 for a gallon of regular gasoline. National gas prices were the highest for Labor Day that AAA has seen in three years, the firm said in a press release. The national average is $2.64 per gallon.

"Until Texas can recover from Harvey, gasoline prices will likely continue to remain elevated," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for the gas prices tracking website, GasBuddy.com, in a statement.

AAA analysts expect prices to plateau but remain fairly high until Hurricane Irma passes.

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"Wholesale prices are finally showing weakness, which will relieve upward pressure on the retail side," Mark Jekins, AAA spokesperson, said in a release. "Unfortunately, for motorists in the southeastern U.S., they may not see prices move lower until Hurricane Irma is long gone."

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