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Hurricane Idalia didn't hurt or help gas prices, AAA says

'We're looking at paying the most expensive Labor Day gas prices second only to the year 2012,' AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins says
Posted at 4:45 PM, Aug 31, 2023

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — When a hurricane hits Florida, it typically impacts gas prices.

After Hurricane Idalia walloped the Big Bend region of the state, drivers are concerned about the impact on fuel prices headed into a holiday weekend.

Driver Chase Richardson said Idalia made him nervous about how it would impact the price of gas.

"Yeah, I feel like everyone was concerned," he said. 

Richardson said it costs him about $60 each time he fills up his truck. 

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Chase Richardson discusses how high gas prices impact his budget.
Chase Richardson discusses how high gas prices impact his budget.

"I live currently up in Stuart right now, so, I drive about 80 to 90 miles a day just to and back from work," he said. "So, I say probably [fill up my gas tank] two or three times a week."

Idalia made landfall Wednesday morning as a powerful Category 3 hurricane.

In its wake, the storm left power outages, homes destroyed and flooding. 

Despite many drivers' fears, AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said Idalia didn't impact gas prices. 

AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins explains why Hurricane Idalia had little impact on gas prices in Florida.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins explains why Hurricane Idalia had little impact on gas prices in Florida.

"We definitely saw some outages at various gas stations because of the influx of people who were rushing to fill up their gas cans and top off their tanks," Jenkins said. "But those were more short-term outages." 

Jenkins said gas prices dropped recently but they're still high.

"We're looking at paying the most expensive Labor Day gas prices second only to the year 2012," Jenkins said. "But during that time, the average price was $3.78. What we're looking at now is $3.70."   

Jenkins said they're expecting gas prices to go down soon like they historically have after Labor Day. He said the reason behind the dip is less demand because the summer driving season is over.