October 9, 2018 - 1:45 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall on Florida’s Panhandle region Wednesday and forecasters say the powerful storm could also shift into the Gulf of Mexico where many fuel rigs and refineries are located.

Rose White, with Triple-A Iowa, says they’re watching the hurricane’s movements closely.

Past major storms that have swept through the Gulf Coast region have caused significant damage to offshore oil drilling operations and disrupted the fuel-making process for weeks.

In the past month, gas prices have climbed 15-cents a gallon in Iowa as refineries shut down for maintenance and due to a hike in crude oil prices.

Iowa City has the most expensive average price for gas at $2.89 while it’s cheapest in Council Bluffs at $2.77. Here in our area gasoline prices are within a few cents of $2.79 per gallon.

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