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Gas prices in Connecticut have risen to above $4 in Connecticut in the last week and drivers should expect to pay higher prices until Hurricane Isaac passes.
The storm forced a temporary shutdown of many oil refineries in the Gulf of Mexico and that has increased gas prices.
A week ago, the average in Connecticut was $3.99, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. Today, the average is $4.02. The highest recorded average in the state was $4.39, set on July 9, 2008.
“Overnight, nationally gas prices raised four cents. In Connecticut, they raised just a cent, so we’re seeing regional differences there,” Aaron Kupec, spokesman for AAA, said.
It’s impossible to predict how high the price could go, but drivers should expect to pay more until the storm passes, Kupec said.
“If they get in and assess the damage caused by Isaac, hopefully we will see gas prices drop as we head into the fall,” Kupec said.
The prices are not only affecting how much we pay at the pump. It is also affecting the prices of services. An employee of a heating and cooling company said the business has increased its prices as a result.
“Our prices go up every time and customers complain because of the expense of the job,” Dan Allard, of Air We Are, said.