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Gas prices expected to stay high for Hurricane Irma

Gas prices expected to stay high for Hurricane Irma
Gas prices expected to stay high for Hurricane Irma
Posted at 4:54 PM, Sep 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-05 14:15:48-04

FLORIDA (WTXL) - As Irma continues to threaten the state, the possibility of evacuations grows by the hour.

In the Florida Keys, the Monroe County Emergency Operations Center has activated and might issue a mandatory tourist evacuation for Wednesday morning, and a resident evacuation for Thursday morning.

Those fleeing the now category five storm are likely to face gas prices that have spiked more than 30 cents in the past week. This, following Hurricane Harvey's damage along the Texas Gulf Coast.

According to Triple A, the cost of a gallon of gasoline in Florida is now $2.64, the highest price in the state since July, 2015.

Refineries in Texas and Louisiana are now beginning to move gas again, but Triple-A spokesman W.D. Williams says, the threat of Irma will likely keep prices high for now.

Governor Rick Scott, who already issued a state of emergency Monday because of Irma, asked today for pre-landfall assistance from the federal government.