Gas prices hit 3-year high last week, drifting lower

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Today (Sept. 18) Connecticut's average gas price of $2.85 is $.02 cents lower than last week, while nationally, averages prices at $2.62 are $.05 cents lower than last week. In Lafayette, the low price at the pumps was shared by Costco, Sam's Club and Spirit on Jefferson Boulevard at $2.25.

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).

"Prices surged when Hurricane Harvey caused refinery outages along the Gulf Coast", AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said. "Historically, hurricane-related price spikes are dramatic, but brief".

Like the rest of the Southeastern United States, gas prices in the Columbus area took a one-two punch with the arrival of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in recent weeks, with the latter hitting particularly close to home here.

"Hurricanes Harvey and Irma delivered a 1-2 punch on gas prices in the southeastern USA", said Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA. Prices will continue to drop as refineries, pipelines and gasoline deliveries program and the expectation is prices will continue to drop through the coming weeks as normal operations are resumed.

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"As we welcome back winter gasoline across most of the country, gasoline production has continued to recover after Harvey, leading much of the country to enjoy falling gasoline prices along with fall weather", said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

South Florida motorists are looking at higher prices at the pump than other residents of the Sunshine State. "In fact, this week could see some of the largest drops in gas prices in many months", he said.

Alaska- $3.08/g, up 7.3 cents per gallon from last week's $3.00/g.

The least expensive gas price averages in Georgia were in Augusta-Aiken at $2.62, Columbus at $2.63 and Macon at $2.63.