After post-Harvey spike, Austin gas prices starting to come back down


Following an upward spike after Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, gas prices across the state are starting to come back down, according to AAA Texas.

The average cost of a gallon of gas in the Austin metro area this week is $2.55, down from $2.57 a week ago.

The statewide average is $2.52, two cents less than last week.

Gas is cheapest in Amarillo, coming in at $2.36 per gallon, AAA says. It’s most expensive in the Dallas area, where a gallon of unleaded fuel costs $2.61.

The fears that prompted many Texans to fill up after Harvey, causing long lines at gas stations, have now moved over to Florida after Hurricane Irma’s landfall, AAA spokesman Daniel Armbruster said.

“There is not a gasoline shortage in the U.S., but instead localized challenges – power outages, impassable roads, debris – in Florida keeping gasoline supplies from where they are needed most,” Armbruster said. “Total U.S. gasoline stocks sit above the five-year average. Since much of Florida’s gasoline delivery occurs via barge, all eyes will remain on port conditions as the storm passes.”



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