Saturday, December 9, 2023

Gas prices remain steady despite Hurricane Florence, AAA says

Despite Hurricane Florence battering the Carolinas this weekend, gas prices in Virginia remained relatively stable.

Last week, AAA Tidewater predicted gas prices could rise as a result of the storm, but prices instead have stayed consistent at $2.62, only 1 cent more than last month.

Florence had “little to no impact” on gas prices, AAA said in a news release.

The cost of gas in Hampton Roads is at $2.61, 1 cent less than the state average.

Virginia ranks ninth in the country for least expensive gas, with lower prices only found in Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, Missouri and Texas.

Virginia was spared from the bulk of Florence’s rains and winds, but AAA reports that North Carolina, which had more than 30 inches of rain in some areas, saw gas prices rise 3 cents.

There is also concern about fuel availability in areas of coastal North Carolina and Virginia following Florence, AAA said. Many residents bought gas and topped of their tanks after being ordered to evacuate the area, leaving some gas stations with little or no fuel.

Overall, the Mid-Atlantic region has a “healthy” inventory at 66.7 million barrels which is the second-highest inventory ever recorded for the region at this time of year.

Once water levels decrease and power is restored, the hurricane-affected areas can be resupplied with fuel, AAA said.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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