Hurricane Isaac Driving Up Gas Prices

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CLEVELAND -- Hurricane Issac is not only creating troubles in the Gulf region--the storm is causing gas prices here in Northeast Ohio to soar.

The owner of the Shell station on 55tth and St. Clair in Cleveland says his gas went up .33 cents on Monday. Some people pumping gas at the station say they just cannot afford it. 

"I think it's outrageous, gas prices keep going up," says Pamela McMIller of Cleveland.  

Gas prices are on their way to $4 a gallon at filling stations around Ohio. Many stations are at $3.99 a gallon for regular and up to $4.20 a gallon for premium. Some people filling up on Tuesday say they can't believe the price hike.

"It was 30 cents less yesterday, it was like $3.59, $3.69, now it's $3.99. You hear it on the news, one night then the next day when you come to the pump it's that price," says Tim Jones of Cleveland.

For months, Ohio motorists have seen the price of gas continuously rise this summer and now that Hurricane Isaac is expected to hit the Gulf region, many of the gas and oil rigs have closed down sending the price of gas sky rocketing higher than people are used to in this area.

"They took people off of oil rigs already and they already said when they were evacuating the employees. This is gonna raise the price of gas" says Pamela McMIller of Cleveland.

Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year with most people driving an average of 50 miles, according to "AAA", but with gas at $4 a gallon some motorists say they are not driving far this holiday weekend.

"I guess I’ll be staying in now I had plans on going down to Georgia now I cannot with that price I couldn't afford it" says Eugene McDowell of Cleveland.

If you would like to get more information on where you can find the cheapest gas in our area please go to our traffic section and click on "Gas Tracker".

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