Mother Nature affecting gas prices across the state

Mother Nature affecting gas prices across the state

Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, said Nate had no effect on prices as the USA continues to be "awash" in crude oil.

Michigan's current daily statewide average is about $2.40 per gallon, about 10 cents less than last week's average and about 5 cents more than this same time previous year.

DeHaan said New Haven gas station owners "are moving pretty slow" in terms of reducing what they charge at the pump compared to decreases in the wholesale price of gasoline.

According to AAA, on average, the most expensive gas in the state is in Athens, where gas cost $2.56 per gallon.

That high demand, coupled with refinery disruptions after Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf Coast, had driven prices up 42 cents a gallon over a two-week span.

Now that autumn's officially here, the temperature may not be dropping like it's supposed to - but gas prices certainly are.

In the past month gas prices have fallen 40 cents in DE, 31 cents in Maryland, 27 cents in New Jersey and 27 cents in ME, according to AAA. Ahead of the storm, many Gulf Coast oil platforms and rigs were shut down and employees evacuated. The midwest region saw the largest drop of demand over the last week.

Gas prices are returning to their pre-hurricane prices. "This is something that will take a few days to play out", he said.

AAA says the biggest drop was 11 cents for cheap gas leader, the Tampa Bay area ($2.44). Gas prices remained high and were exasperated when Hurricane Irma tore through Florida and several mid-Atlantic states in September. "They're going to be back on line very quickly". Minnesota drivers are paying the least at $2.35.

Gas prices on Monday were the cheapest in the Chattanooga area in Lookout Valley, where both BP and Exxon stations were selling gas at $2.12 a gallon.

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