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Higher gas prices, rain will greet holiday travelers

September 21 2017, 09:13 | Alonzo Simpson

Labor Day weekend travel starts today

Lower supply, increased demand prompts gas price jump

The national average has increased 6.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 14.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"Seriously, I think that this was like the fifth or sixth [gas station I went to], so I'm like running all over the place trying to get some gas before I run out of gas", Daniel Herrera said.

"It went up a little bit, but not as insane as it was a couple years ago when it went above $3 a gallon", Donelson said as she pumped gas at the Sunoco.

The Valero was selling regular gas at $2.59 a gallon Friday.

According to AAA East Central, this week's national average price is the highest this year.

William Daley, of Livingston, who was pumping gas at the Speedway, said he noticed the jump in prices. One employee at the New York Welcome Center off of Interstate 81 said he saw a lot of people coming off the highway.

"Things are changing every day", Mac said.

Experts are predicting this could be the busiest Labor Day travel weekend since 2008. "Prices are going to continue to go up for another week or so".

"Several refineries in the Gulf Coast region have gone off line here in the last couple of days due to the storm", said Josh Carrasco, a spokesperson for AAA.

"It will probably increase another ten, maybe even twenty cents here within the next week", Josh Carrasco, a spokesman for AAA said. "At the gas price level, we're seeing prices go up, because the supply is being shipped down".

Labor Day travel is usually the lowest among the three major summer holidays, behind Independence Day with 44.2 million travelers this year and Memorial Day with 39.3 million travelers. Drivers should expect to pay more for gas until mid-September, then she said relief is on the way.

"We've seen prices rising since about the Fourth of July because, of course, this is the heart of the summer travel season", said Gail Weinholzer of AAA.



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