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Arizona Gas Prices May Go Up After Hurricane Harvey Damage

Arizona’s gas pumps may be a little pricier than usual this week, partly from storm damage in Texas.

The devastating hurricane has forced 19 percent of oil refining capacity in the Gulf Coast offline, raising the average national price by more than 6 cents per gallon.

Arizona does not rely on the closed Texas refineries. However, Michelle Donati at AAA Arizona says the state will still feel effects of limited resources.

“You look at situation in the gulf with Harvey and Harvey’s aftermath, then you couple that with the fact that we are about to see demand take off as people head out of town to enjoy their final three day weekend of the summer. It creates a perfect recipe for prices to lift," Donati said.

Arizona’s average price per gallon has risen by 2 cents to $2.28. AAA expects gas prices to continue climbing for the next few weeks.

Lillian Donahue Intern Lillian Donahue is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Before pursuing her bachelor’s degree, she worked in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, at The Higher Education Channel (HECTV) as an on-air talent and intern reporter. In Phoenix, Donahue has worked for many television stations, including KNOW 99, CW6, 3TV and CBS5. Donahue just returned from Hawaii, where she worked as a full-time Dow Jones News Fund digital reporting intern at Hawaii News Now for the summer. Donahue is bilingual and hopes to report internationally in both English and Spanish on issues that mean the most to Arizona’s diverse communities. Aside from journalism, Donahue enjoys playing the viola for the ASU Philharmonia orchestra.