Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gas Prices Spike across Florida, Nation; Weather Damages Texas Pipelines, Slowing Delivery

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gas Prices Spike across Florida, Nation; Weather Damages Texas Pipelines, Slowing Delivery

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Byline: Drew Dixon

The weather turmoil in Texas is taking its toll on the First Coast and the nation in terms of gasoline prices that keep climbing every day.

In Jacksonville, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas stood at $2.47 on Friday morning, up 10 cents since Thursday and 19 cents in the last week, according to gasbuddy.com, a website that monitors gas prices in local markets.

The lowest price per gallon in Jacksonville Friday was at the Gate Fleet Services station on West Beaver Street, where the business was charging $2.20 per gallon Friday morning.

At least two major pipelines - one that ships gasoline across the southern United States and to New York, and another that flows north to Chicago - have been slowed or stopped because of flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Part of the pipeline that runs through Texas is shut down and inspections must be done before the entire system can be fully operational again, Colonial Pipeline spokesman Steve Baker said Thursday. The Georgia-based company remains able to operate its pipeline from Louisiana to states east and northeast of there, though deliveries will be "intermittent," the company said. It hopes to return more sections of the pipeline to service by Sunday.

All of the problems have caused gasoline prices throughout the country to climb to their highest prices since 2014.

Gas prices rose at least 15 cents in 24 hours in several metropolitan areas including Dallas, Texas; El Paso, Texas; Athens, Ga.; and Dayton, Ohio, AAA reported Friday.

The average price of a gallon of gas rose by at least 10 cents in eight states since Thursday: South Carolina, Ohio, Delaware, Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Texas, the American Automobile Association said Friday.

Among those states, the highest 24-hour rise on average was in South Carolina, AAA reported. …

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