Hurricane didn’t affect nationwide gasoline prices

Oklahoma still remains in the top ten states when it comes to the cheapest gasoline in the U.S. according to a weekly fuels update from AAA.

The state’s average is $2.64 a gallon and Hurricane Florence had little to no impact on the national average which held steady at $2.85. Prices in North Carolina rose 3 cents a gallon while prices in many other east coast states dropped a few cents a gallon. But the Oklahoma average was a penny higher than one week ago.

Gas prices have not seen much movement because unlike the Gulf Coast, which is home to dozens of refineries, the Carolinas house only pipelines and terminals. This means U.S. crude processing is not impacted and therefore neither are gas prices nationally.

“Gasoline stocks in the hurricane-impacted area are healthy, but delivery of gasoline will be an impediment to meeting demand in coastal areas this week,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “As power is restored, water recedes and roads open-up, we will have a better idea of how quickly fuel deliveries can be made to gas stations in the area. And while fuel availability at stations is a concern, AAA expects station outages to be short-lived.”



In Oklahoma, gasoline prices varied from a state high of $2.95 in Taloga to a low of $2.54 in Nowata in northeast Oklahoma.

The average in Oklahoma City went up 3 cents in the past week to reach $2.62 a gallon. It’s the same average in Tulsa where prices dropped 3 cents a gallon.

Of adjacent states, Arkansas has the lowest average at $2.57. Missouri’s average is $2.58 while the average in Kansas is $2.66. Colorado’s average is up to $2.91 while in New Mexico prices have reached an average of $2.75 a gallon. Prices average $2.60 in Texas.