Mother Nature affecting gas prices across the state


Even with the series of recent storms, including Nate, GasBuddy officials say prices are likely to keep dropping.

You might remember September 9 as the day most Florida residents were boarded up inside their homes, waiting for Irma to make landfall the next morning. Petersburg-Clearwater (11 cents), Orlando (10) and Gainesville (10).

But in the Southeast, gas is still at least 30-cents more expensive than it was a month ago. The average OH price is $2.25 a gallon. Those were good times.

Despite another hurricane slamming the Gulf Coast of the United States, gasoline prices are showing a continued trend of falling at the pump. On Monday, analysts were quoted on financial news sites saying the storm wasn't believed to have caused significant damage.

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The national average has fallen 6 cents in the last week to $2.47 per gallon.

A spokesperson for AAA said if refineries and oil rigs can't resume operations, the local gas price plunge will stall, possibly leaving prices where they are for some time. It's also 4th in the nation for biggest change in weekly average daily gas price (-10 cents). "This is something that will take a few days to play out", he said.

The Shell and the Exxon on diagonal corners from each other at Northwest Seventh Avenue and 54th Street both have regular at $2.45 per gallon. It's the fourth week in a row that the Marquette area had the highest average price.

Gas prices are down almost 10 cents over the week in Southwest Florida but remain inflated because of supply-and-demand issues tied to recent hurricanes. The lowest price available there without a wholesale club membership was $2.45 at a smattering of stations throughout the county.