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Gas prices unaffected by Hurricane Florence, AAA says

Staff Report • Sep 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM

NASHVILLE — Luckily for motorists, Hurricane Florence had little to no effect on prices at the pump last week, according to AAA.

Gas prices in Tennessee held steady last week as the hurricane — now a tropical depression — pounded the East Coast, leaving hundreds stranded and thousands without electricity.

Sunday’s state average of $2.59 per gallon is the same as a week ago and 3 cents less than last month, AAA reported. Even so, motorists are still paying 2 cents more per gallon than this time last year.

Local averages

• Kingsport-Bristol: $2.57

• Johnson City: $2.58

Most expensive gas prices in the state

• Jackson ($2.64)

• Nashville ($2.62)

• Memphis ($2.61)

Least expensive gas prices in the state

• Cleveland ($2.47)

• Chattanooga ($2.51)

• Clarksville-Hopkinsville ($2.53)

Suppliers unaffected

Gas prices remained unchanged in large part because suppliers did not suffer any damage due to the storm.

“Both the Colonial and Plantation pipelines, which are the primary suppliers of fuel to the lower Atlantic region, were reportedly unaffected by the storm and are running at full capacity,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman, in a press release. “This should help efforts to resupply areas affected by the storm.

“That should help Tennessee remain well supplied with gasoline,” Jenkins added. “Refineries are now preparing to switch to winter-blend gasoline, which is cheaper to produce and normally leads to lower prices at the pump.”

To view daily gas price averages, visit GasPrices.AAA.com.

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