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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — AAA Carolinas reports Hurricane Isaac has caused the sharpest overnight spike in gas prices in the Carolinas since Hurricane Katrina seven years ago.

South Carolina prices jumped almost 8 cents a gallon to nearly $3.58 on Wednesday. In the Upstate, which typically has the lowest gas prices, the increase was almost 11 cents.

Gas was up more than 5 cents a gallon in North Carolina with the average price $3.73. Prices in the Asheville area were up more than 6 cents.

AAA says prices will increase as long as the storm disrupts Gulf of Mexico oil operations.

The sharpest single overnight gas price increase in the region was during Katrina in 2005 when prices jumped almost 16 cents a gallon in South Carolina and almost 12 cents in North Carolina.

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6 Comments on "Carolinas gas prices up sharply because of Isaac"

2015 years 10 months ago
2015 years 10 months ago

You are exactly right! What a crock, if this country doesn’t have enough reserves set aside for even one little hurricane how can it possibly survive a real problem? Can’t blame this one on Bush!

Wade Griffis
2015 years 10 months ago

Gas prices go up everytime somebody in the Gulf region passes gas. Their theory is- “gas is gas.”

Leland Gal
2015 years 10 months ago

Gas has been going up the last 4 weeks before Hurricane Isaac. Let not blamed the Hurricane for higher gas prices. The Hurricane was just a reason to go up even higher.. What want the gas companines will blame it on next week..

2015 years 10 months ago

So glad that I live close enough to the South Carolina border to buy gas there.

2015 years 10 months ago

Gas prices are going up because of the falling dollar. As our currancy is debased with more money being printed the oil companys pass their loss onto the consumer. Put the blame were it belongs with the Federal Goverment printing and spending beyond its means.


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