Gas Prices Surge Higher As Drivers Rush To Fill Their Tanks

(CBS Connecticut) – Gasoline prices rose several cents overnight amid continuing fears of shortages in Texas and several other states in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s strike on the Gulf Coast.

The American Automobile Association said early Friday that the national average for a gallon of regular gas rose in one day from $2.45 Thursday to $2.52 Friday. In Connecticut, the auto club reports an increase of nearly seven cents overnight to a statewide average of $2.60.

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.

AAA said early Friday gas prices rose at least 15 cents in 24 hours in Dallas; El Paso, Texas; and Athens, Georgia.

In Dallas, drivers lined up at gas pumps Thursday as some stations ran out of fuel.

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