Gas prices up after Harvey

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The prices will ultimately depend on when refineries and pipelines are up and running again.

About a third of the country's gasoline refining capacity has been affected by the storm. Blue flames represent natural gas processing plants. He declined to give additional details. Goldman Sachs estimates that the storm has left the market short of about 1.1 million barrels per day of gasoline. Refiners have not reported the type of major flood damage that kept fuel plants down for months following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"Everything from ME all the way down to Florida, those states are most heavily affected", McTeague said.

And the situation will most likely get worse.

The crunch prompted QuikTrip, one of the nation's largest convenience store chains, to temporarily halt gasoline sales at about half its 135 stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In turn, gas stations ran out of gas at a higher rate based on that demand.

The sprawling Texas city does typically receive the majority of its gas supplies from Houston. He said there is no need for "panic purchases".

The Texas Railroad Commission is the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in the state.

"There's plenty of gasoline", he said.

"While construction may be suspended for the weekend, motorists are advised that equipment and temporary traffic configurations, like minor shifts, may remain in place, requiring motorists to adjust their speed and pay attention", Cranson said. "This is not going to be a long-term issue. It's going to become a huge process for folks in [some] areas to fill up their tanks", he said.

AAA spokesman Ken Grant says the national average could climb up to $2.50 per gallon as a result of Harvey; the last time the average reached that high was on August 28, 2015. The greater Rome area has gas prices averaging about $2.18 per gallon as of Monday evening. That price is four cents higher than Wednesday and is 12 cents more per gallon compared to this day last week.

According to AAA, the national average is $2.44 as of Thursday morning, about a full week after Harvey made landfall.

"Don't panic", he said. Founded in 2000, the original GasBuddy website was a pioneer in crowd-sourced information, leveraging technology, big data, and a passionate community that now connects more than 70 million users with real-time, accurate fuel pricing information as well as reliable reviews of gas station amenities and services.

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