Gas prices continued to jump over the past week, due to the lingering effects of Hurricane Harvey.
The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.54 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That is 28 cents higher than a week ago.
Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Dallas are paying the most on average per gallon at $2.67, while drivers in Amarillo are paying the least at $2.37 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.67, which is 22 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last week.
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 and state of Texas.
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.
In Houston, refiners are starting to deliver fuel to the market as well as to Dallas and West Texas areas, but it may take some time to resume normal delivery capabilities.
The Department of Energy is reporting 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.
“News of refineries starting-up is very promising, especially for areas that have felt tightened supply levels over the past several days, but we aren’t in the clear yet,” said Daniel Armbruster, spokesman for AAA Texas. “Texans will continue to feel pain at the pump stemming from Harvey with gas prices potentially increasing an additional five to 10 cents in the week ahead.”
As relief efforts move forward in Texas from Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma also threatens to impact gas prices.
“Consumers could even see an additional surge if Hurricane Irma hits Florida this weekend,” Armbruster said Thursday. “Analysts say drivers may begin seeing relief from the gas price spike towards the end of this month.”
Locally, the lowest price in Killeen on Saturday afternoon was $2.39 per gallon at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, 3801 E. Stan Schleuter Loop, and at Stripes, 2200 E. Stan Schleuter Loop. The Shell station at 5201 W. Trimmier Road had gas for $2.43 per gallon for cash purchases. A gallon of gas was $2.45 per gallon at AAFES at Johnson Drive and Clear Creek Road and at H-E-B, 1101 W. Stan Schlueter Loop.
In Harker Heights, Sam’s Club, 600 W. Central Texas Expressway, had gas for $2.36 per gallon. Murphy USA, 2010 Heights Drive and Wal-Mart, 960 E. Farm-to-Market 2410, were selling gas for $2.39 per gallon. H-E-B, 601 Indian Trail, had gas at $2.45 per gallon.
In Copperas Cove, both Murphy USA, 2712 E. Business U.S. Highway 190, and H-E-B, 2990 E. Business U.S. 190, had gas for $2.39 per gallon. The Corner Store, 1102 S. FM 116, Exxon, 2411 E. Business U.S. 190, and Chevron, 2101 E. Business U.S. 190 had gas for $2.49 per gallon.