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Massive winter storm causes gas prices to soar in Florida

Weather in the Gulf Coast to blame, expert says

Part of the reason you are paying more at the pump is because of supply issues caused by the winter weather on the Gulf Coast. (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
Part of the reason you are paying more at the pump is because of supply issues caused by the winter weather on the Gulf Coast. (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Drivers in Florida are paying more to fill up their gas tanks following last week’s massive winter storm in Texas. (WKMG)

According to new numbers released Monday by AAA, gas prices in the state jumped 15 cents per gallon last week.

Drivers are now paying $2.61 per gallon, up from $2.46 last week. Officials with AAA say that is the highest daily gas price average since July 2019.

Experts say the increase was fueled by power outages at refineries in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

According to AAA, the spike in prices is similar to what is seen following a hurricane.

The average price for gasoline nationwide is $2.63 per gallon.


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Cathleigh is a newscast producer and has been with News 6 since 2014. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in communications, with a focus in broadcast journalism. Cathleigh produces the 5:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. newscasts.