Gas prices are normally higher around holidays.
But Labor Day travel isn’t the reason for rising pump prices.
Hurricane Harvey’s wrath is still being felt in Texas, and across the country.
It knocked out about one quarter of the Gulf Coast’s offshore oil refining capacity.
More than a dozen states have already seen the average price of a gallon of gas increase by at least .10 cents.
The national average is $2.64 per gallon which is up 26.5 cents from last week, according to GasBuddy.
West Virginia’s experience is typical.
The average price per gallon of unleaded gas is now $2.74, as compared to $2.54 across the state last week.
Prices are higher in some areas, including Charleston where the average price per gallon is up to $2.77.
While a Pilot station off Interstate 79 is offering unleaded for $2.65 per gallon, the price is higher in nearby Morgantown.
Morgantown gas prices range from $2.80 to $2.87 per gallon.
Huntington prices range from a low of $2.59 per gallon Kroger to $2.79 at local discount self-serve stations.
Eastern Panhandle motorists are paying $2.71 in Martinsburg, but the average is $2.74 in nearby Spring Mills off Interstate 81.
In neighboring Jefferson County, the price ranges from $2.59 to $2.79 per gallon in Charles Town.
Beckley motorists are paying $2.73 per gallon on average
Unleaded gas prices are up but still typically lowest statewide in the Northern Panhandle where it ranges from $2.44 to $2.59.
Neighboring states’ prices have also surged, including Pennsylvania at $2.86 and Virginia at $2.52. Washington D.C.’s average price is now $2.90 per gallon.