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The average national gas price (per gallon) as reported by GasBuddy was $2.35 on August 27 and just nine days later had increased to $2.66.

"Every state has seen average gas prices rise, and Texas saw shortages at hundreds of stations, " he said.

"We expect the refinery to initially return to approximately 40 percent production by the end of this weekend, provided that the final assessments meet our operational standards", Motiva said in a statement.

Check with your hotel for local updates on the storm's impact. "Take what you need to evacuate, don't take extra". At its peak, Harvey shut 27 percent of US processing capacity.

South Floridians who have not evacuated endured long lines at gas stations that have even 20 cents of gas left because, in the wake of a potential Category 4 storm, there's no telling exactly how long these stations will remain without gasoline.

According to AAA, gas prices are mere cents away from topping the highest price ($2.67, August 15-18, 2015) Americans have paid for a gallon of gas in more than two years. Hawaii, at $3.10, and Washington, at $3.04, were next highest.

That surge came before Irma, which is setting up to be the costliest and most ferocious storm in US history. If you're on your computer, you can look at the Gasoline Availability Tracker at tracker.gasbuddy.com/search and click "search" to see a real-time map of reported outages.

Prices Sunday were 44.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day a year ago and 29.8 cents higher than a month ago. "A year ago, we were at $2.01 a gallon", Armbruster said. "The refineries in the Midwest have been sending gasoline down to the Gulf Coast, and that's what's putting pressure on prices here".

The national average jumped 28 cents in the last 10 days.

The average price in OH was $2.52 early Tuesday, making it the 16th least-expensive state in the country for gas. Colonial Pipeline, which transports petroleum products from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast, restarted its Line One and Line Two pipelines early this week.

As Hurricane Irma continued its path across the Atlantic Ocean with sights on Florida, retailers were being urged to keep consumers posted on crucial fuel information. "When things settle down, gas prices tend not to go down as fast as they've gone up", said Mike Walden, an economist at North Carolina State University.

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