Gas prices rising after hurricanes Harvey, Irma

Many gas stations in South Florida were reportedly out of fuel on Tuesday morning as indicated by red markers on GasBuddy's gas availability tracker

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Since last month, the Albany average has risen 64.6 cents, and motorists were paying 75.5 cents more per gallon than previous year.

AAA says some of the refineries along the Gulf Coast are coming back online following Harvey.

The gas shortages were exacerbated by "panic-buying" earlier this week from Florida residents anxious about Hurricane Irma's uncertain path.

Gas was the most expensive in the contiguous United States, such as in San Francisco a gallon was at $ 3.21 and was the cheapest in Louisiana, Baton Rouge, a gallon was at $2.31.

According to AAA's Fuel Price Finder, the price at the pump was as low as $2.55 in the Capitol Trail-Kirkwood Highway area between Wilmington and Newark.

The fuel outages come as Florida officials order mandatory evacuations for many counties in South Florida ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Irma on Sunday.

That's 44 cents higher than on August 25, the day Hurricane Harvey came ashore in Texas as a Category 4 storm and began wreaking havoc with refineries in the region. This includes the Colonial Pipeline, which now has only suspended the Texas operations, while the remainder of the system continues to operate with available supply. It could take a week for supply conditions to return to normal. In addition, DOE and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have issued waivers to Colonial to accept more product into its pipeline.

GasBuddy went from being the 26th most popular app in the U.S.to second most popular app in the country. Experts say the far stronger storm doesn't pose as serious a threat to the US fuel supply, but the federal government and the energy sector will be challenged to meet demands once the recovery begins.

As of Tuesday, retail gas prices had surged 25 cents to their biggest gain since 2005 as hurricane Harvey paralyzed refineries throughout the Gulf Coast.

Even with Hurricane Irma this week ravishing Florida and crawling up the East Coast, gasoline prices are expected to begin to fall back to pre-Harvey levels.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall warned Saturday that Alabama's price gouging law remains in effect, prohibiting high prices for goods and services and imposing fines on those who raise prices in order to profit from the storm.

This year, gasoline has increased 35 cents since February - and most of that was gained in the last two weeks.

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