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Hurricane Harvey spurred gas price hikes in area

Price of E-10 unleaded had reached $2.599 by Friday, Sept. 1 in Albion.
Price of E-10 unleaded had reached $2.599 by Friday, Sept. 1 in Albion.

Damage along the Texas Gulf coast from Hurricane Harvey was spurring gasoline price increases across the country by late this week.
In Albion, the price of E-10 unleaded had increased 40 cents per gallon in an eight-day span, and was at $2.599 per gallon by 4 p.m. on Friday. That price level continued through Labor Day. and was still holding on Tuesday morning, Sept. 5.
The gasoline price increases were occurring across the country, and the national average price reached $2.45 a gallon on Thursday, Aug. 31. That was the highest recorded price for unleaded gasoline so far this year.
The near-term combinations of numerous refinery and pipeline shut downs, tightened access to supply levels in the Gulf and anticipated high gasoline demand surrounding Labor Day weekend, means motorists may not have seen the full impact of Harvey at the pump.