Gas prices in Lancaster County recede 4.1 cents per gallon

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AAA Michigan: Gas prices drop 15 cents, highest in UP

Average gasoline prices in the Pittsburgh region dipped 2 cents over the last week and sit at $2.87 a gallon, according to price-tracking website GasBuddy.

Leading the nation with the lowest gas prices: Oklahoma ($2.33), Missouri ($2.34), Arkansas ($2.36), Kansas ($2.39), OH ($2.39), Louisiana ($2.40), IN ($2.45), MS ($2.45), Minnesota ($2.46), and IL ($2.46). With refineries offline, prices are now $0.33 higher than they were before the storm, according to AAA.

That compares with the national average of $2.63 a gallon, which also dropped 2 cents in the last week.

Still, the average price here was 36.9 cents per gallon higher than a month earlier, the day that Hurricane Harvey began to wallop Texas and Louisiana, shutting down major oil refineries. The Northeast is prevalent in the most expensive areas due to gasoline supply being diverted to the Gulf and Florida after Hurricane Harvey, leading prices to soar.

Gas prices are beginning to creep down a bit after the spike that followed Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but with two more hurricanes on the way, will drivers experience more pain at the pump?

Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group, said on Monday that the hurricanes were to blame but he sounded optimistic that prices would drop in the near future.

"The good news is that we expect prices will continue their downward trend in the next several weeks, as areas affected by (hurricanes) Irma and Harvey recover and we continue to see positive progress with refineries, pipelines and gas deliveries". That's 3 cents lower than a week ago, 45 cents higher than a month ago and 58 cents higher than a year ago.

South Florida motorists are looking at higher prices at the pump than other residents of the Sunshine State. The national average stood at $2.63 per gallon on Sunday. The average in Augusta was $2.59.

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