One analyst predicts gasoline prices in Iowa could rise between ten and 25-cents a gallon over the next week or two because of Hurricane Harvey.
Gail Weinholzer, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico were shut down as a precaution as the massive storm approached and they’ll reopen soon.
The problem is — the historic storm is still causing big troubles inland.
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The significant disruption to those key oil producing areas will be felt far away, even in Iowa.
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Gas prices in Iowa are now averaging two-dollars and 30-cents a gallon while nationwide, it’s two-37 a gallon.
Prices in Sioux City have already jumped around 10 to 15 cents a gallon in the last week.
While the storm’s impact won’t be as devastating as Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago, it will still likely affect gas prices into mid- or late September.