Will Harvey cause spike in CNY gas prices?

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Harvey is not yet impacting our Central New York weather, but that doesn't mean we won't see some affects of the storm.

There are a lot of major oil refineries in the Houston area, and many are temporarily closed because of heavy rain and major flooding.

That could mean we start to see a spike in gas prices here in CNY.

While that spike is not likely to be as high as down south, the storm could still have a domino affect.

"Several refineries are offline right now, so they really need to take gas from other regions to help them out there. There's going to be a higher demand for gasoline, that could drive prices up. One of the things that could keep prices down is there is a big supply of gasoline on hand right now- there's a lot on reserve, nut then again, we're going in to Labor Day Weekend," says Elizabeth Carey of AAA.

She also warns drivers to keep an eye on those gas prices as we head in to Labor Day weekend, one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.


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