Isaac causes gas prices to rise in Florida
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Isaac is causing gas prices to soar again and prices at the pump have increased by nearly a nickel a gallon nationwide.
The average price for a gallon of gas across the country is $3.80, and the average in Florida is $3.77.
Durevour Focette is a taxi driver near the Miami International Airport, where a gallon of regular gas is higher than the Florida and national average. Gas in that area can range from $4.73 per gallon for regular unleaded. "It's very bad. It's almost $5 for super unleaded, it's too much," he said.
Focette said the skyrocketing price of gas is cutting into the money he takes home. "Sometimes we only take home like $20, $30 because it's very, very slow right now, and we can't make no money."
The storm has shut down several refineries on the Gulf Coast, which reduced refining by more than a million barrels a day. And now, drivers across the United States are feeling the affects in their wallets. On Miami Beach, the prices are above average, ranging from $4.14 per gallon for unleaded. "These gas prices are a lot higher than they use to be," said one man at the gas pump.
Prices are expected to drop once the refineries on the gulf Coast reopen, and they also switch to cheaper winter blends. Analysts also said prices are expected to fall after the Labor Day weekend once the summer driving season ends.
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