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Gas prices jump 54 cents since Fourth of July holiday

Posted August 31, 2012

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— The average gas price is the U.S. has risen 54 cents per gallon since the Fourth of July holiday weekend, thanks largely to hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Isaac. The average price of gas in North Carolina was $3.81 Friday.

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The wide storm closed several refineries along the Gulf Coast, and others were operating at reduced rates.

The national average price of a gallon of gas jumped almost 5 cents Wednesday to $3.80, the highest ever for that date. Prices are expected to continue to climb through Labor Day weekend, the end of the summer driving season.

Despite the pain at the pump, many drivers WRAL News spoke with Friday said they're still putting the pedal to the metal this weekend.

"We planned this trip before the prices went up," said Chapel Hill traveler Dean Sutton, who put $100 worth of gas in his Ford F-150 truck and still had room for more gas in the tank.

Driving from New Jersey to Florida and back is setting Jose Garcia about about $320 in gas.

"It didn't deter me from traveling," Garcia said. "Once a year, what the heck?"

Many travelers see the weekend as their last chance to get their final beach trip in.

Brian Marsh is traveling with his children from the suburbs of Washington, D.C, to Myrtle Beach, S.C..

"Last hurrah before the kids go back to school and we get back to maintaining our steady lives of maintaining these children," Marsh said.

Some states in the Midwest suffered even more dramatic spikes than North Carolina. Ohio prices jumped 14 cents, Indiana prices soared 13 cents and Illinois prices jumped 10 cents on Wednesday alone, according to the Oil Price Information Service.

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As Isaac fades away, the summer driving season ends and refiners switch to cheaper winter blends of gasoline, stations owners should start dropping prices.

"Two weeks from now, they'll be down," said traveler Dave Lukens. "It's just crazy."

When Katrina hit in 2005, the national average for gas spiked 40 cents in six days and topped $3 per gallon for the first time.

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  • injameswetrust2003 Aug 31, 6:36 p.m.

    Those oil speculators have us by the short and curlies!

  • torchhappysean Aug 31, 6:24 p.m.

    GAS WILL CONTINUE TO GO UP UNTIL WE GET ALL THE OIL PEOPLE OUT OF WASHINGTON,OBAMA JUST TOLD THE AUTO MAKERS THAT THEY HAD TO GET THE FUEL MILEAGE UP TO 54 MILES PER GALLONS,THE OIL COMPANYS WILL ONLY RAISE THE PRICE TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.GREED AND MORE GREED OBAMA IS THE RING LEADER.
    hlcarithers... I aggree but if you want to find the real crooks you dont have to go any further than our own state legislature..The gas price increase that is mentioned in this article is 3 cents shy of what our state goverment is charging as tax per gallon!!! And they are still scamming on creating toll roads!!!! Give us a break......

  • iron fist Aug 31, 5:56 p.m.

    The public is being robbed legally no excuse for the steady rise in prices

  • TimeWillTell Aug 31, 5:14 p.m.

    "Free market." Hahahahaha. Maybe the government will want to deregulate water and electrical utilities so "market competition" will "control" prices. And every time we have a thunderstorm your electric bill will go up 30%, and heaven help you if we go three weeks without rain.

  • mmtlash Aug 31, 5:14 p.m.

    gas will start going down through Sept and Oct then will start to rise again as Thanksgiving and Christmas approaches....

  • jblake1932 Aug 31, 4:30 p.m.

    It hurts, it really does. It really does hurt, really.

  • hlcarithers Aug 31, 4:27 p.m.

    GAS WILL CONTINUE TO GO UP UNTIL WE GET ALL THE OIL PEOPLE OUT OF WASHINGTON,OBAMA JUST TOLD THE AUTO MAKERS THAT THEY HAD TO GET THE FUEL MILEAGE UP TO 54 MILES PER GALLONS,THE OIL COMPANYS WILL ONLY RAISE THE PRICE TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.GREED AND MORE GREED OBAMA IS THE RING LEADER.

  • dontstopnow Aug 31, 4:27 p.m.

    So glad I filled up everything I own before this began to happen and I have used more from the lawn mowers and weed eater than my trucks. :) I have no problem enjoying my life right here at home and saving my gas for a rainy day .

  • Boycott_WRAL_Advertisers Aug 31, 4:23 p.m.

    Issac huh? It happens EVERY year. It's called price fixing. They stick it to the people when they're going to be traveling. Then they take some of those profits and funnel it to the politicians so they can get away with it. It's certainly not "supply and demand", there's plenty of gas at the pumps. It's just plain old price fixing. Every year, same thing.

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Aug 31, 4:18 p.m.

    Wiser_Now *** "Name That Excuse" contest. *** Here are two of the top, 1. Why do Presidents promise the earth and given next to nothing and 2. Why is gas so expensive around holidays...

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