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Hurricane Harvey Could Send Gas Prices Higher

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Hurricane Harvey won’t send heavy rains and winds to Florida, but it will likely push gas prices higher. 

Triple-A spokesman Mark Jenkins says the storm could cause significant interruptions at production facilities.

“So to give you an idea nearly half of refining capacity for the entire United States stretches along that coast from Texas to Louisiana,” Jenkins says.  Now one third of refining capacity is directly in the path of hurricane Harvey.”

“What that means for us is we could see, depending on the extent of the storm and its aftermath, gas prices rising anywhere from 10 to 30 cents, possibly even higher than that.”

Harvey is expected to hit Texas Friday, and forecasters believe it could intensifying to a category three before making landfall.

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Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.
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