Because Hurricane Harvey temporarily shut down 25 percent of the nation's refining capacity, the national average price of gasoline was driven up almost 35 cents, AAA Northern California reported Wednesday morning.
California doesn't depend on the Gulf Coast to supply gasoline, AAA Northern California spokesman Michael Blasky said.
The storm, which temporarily shut down 25 percent of US refining capacity as it flooded Houston, drove the national average price of gasoline up almost 35 cents.
Nationally, the average price for a gallon of gas is $2.67, up three cents from last week ($2.64), 31 cents from a month ago ($2.36) and 49 cents from this same time previous year ($2.18).
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Prices jumped by double-digits across the Golden State, Blasky said, with Northern Californians paying about 18 cents more at the pump since AAA's last survey August 9.
Reno drivers are paying the most, at $3.17 per gallon, Sparks at $3.12, Carson City stood at $2.81; and Elko saw prices at $2.70 a gallon.
AAA expressed some optimism on Wednesday, noting that prices generally have held steady over the past five days, as refineries in the Houston region have returned to production.
"Gas prices historically fall after Labor Day, so drivers should expect to pay lower prices unless there's another disruption in the oil market", Blasky said.
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