DuBois, PA – Western Pennsylvania drivers are seeing Hurricane Harvey’s impact at the pump. Gas prices in our area have jumped 25 cents.

The average in DuBois is around $2.78 per gallon, though the average for the entire Western part of the state is a little higher, at about $2.85.

Gas prices in Pennsylvania are some of the highest in the country right now, tied with Washington, D.C.

According to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report, eastern gasoline supplies stood at 62.7 million barrels on the week.  Even though gas supplies remain high across the country, prices continue to react to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and distribution issues caused by flooding in the Gulf Coast.  As pipelines and refineries return to their full operations in the region, prices should start to decrease later in the month.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average               $2.834
Average price during the week of August 28, 2017                                $2.589
Average price during the week of September 6, 2016                           $2.373

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:

$2.852      Altoona
$2.880      Beaver
$2.761      Bradford
$2.848      Brookville
$2.850      Butler
$2.830      Clarion
$2.778      Du Bois
$2.793      Erie
$2.892      Greensburg
$2.812      Indiana
$2.930      Jeannette
$2.853      Kittanning
$2.887      Latrobe
$2.764      Meadville
$2.826      Mercer
$2.770      New Castle
$2.859      New Kensington
$2.892      Pittsburgh
$2.806      Sharon
$2.803      Uniontown
$2.767      Warren
$2.905      Washington

On the National Front
Hurricane Harvey may no longer be raining down on the Gulf Coast, but the storm’s impact continues to drive up gas prices across the country.  At $2.65, the national gas price average is 27 cents more expensive on the week.  Motorists in 26 states are paying 25 to 44 cents more for a gallon of unleaded compared to seven days ago. In fact, every state in the country has seen gas prices increase except four (Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii and Utah), where prices remain stable.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is reporting that eight Gulf Coast refineries are in the process of restarting, which accounts for about 10 percent of Gulf Coast refining capabilities.  At its peak, Harvey shuttered 27 percent of U.S. processing capacity.  No refineries have returned to normal rates, but at least four are operating at reduced rates.  Meanwhile, pipelines forced to take pre-cautionary shut downs caused by Harvey either have resumed operations or are in the process of coming back online.  This includes the Colonial Pipeline, which currently has only suspended the Texas operations, while the remainder of the system continues to operate with available supply.

Losses in U.S. supply capability have catapulted retail prices to their highest levels since August 2015.  Overall, gas prices are pennies 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.  However, prices remain well below initial weeks of September 2011 through 2014, according to OPIS.  The last two years have seen inordinately cheap gasoline as the driving season ended (Labor Day weekend) and AAA expects this to be the case come October.

As Texas dries out from Harvey, all eyes are on Hurricane Irma, now a Category 5 hurricane, which currently is expected to hit the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean Tuesday night into Wednesday.  A Hurricane Watch is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.  According to the National Hurricane Center, there is an increasing chance that the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys may see some impact this coming weekend.  However, Irma’s changing storm track could bring an altered forecast in the coming days.

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 81 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia serving 2.7 million members.  Past news releases are available at news.eastcentral.aaa.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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