Pilot Staff Reports

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused gas prices across the country and in Oregon to rise to the highest levels in two years, according to AAA.

The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $2.66 and in Oregon it is $2.92. Both averages are the highest prices since August 2015. But wholesale prices are starting to level off, meaning prices at the pump are expected to stabilize and even decrease later this month, according to AAA.

“(Irma) has created challenges in getting gasoline delivered to stations in the impacted region, similar to what the Gulf Coast experienced in the wake of Harvey, and this is putting upward pressure on pump prices across the country,” Marie Dodds, public affairs director for AAA Oregon/Idaho, said in a news release.

AAA says there is no gas shortage in the country, since gas stocks are above the five-year average.

Oregon is one of 37 states where prices increased in the last week, and has the 34th largest monthly increase in the nation at 21 cents, according to AAA data. In addition, the data shows Oregon is the fifth most expensive state for the 11th week in a row.

Overall, the national average is currently 48 cents per gallon more and the Oregon average is 42 cents more than a year ago, according to AAA.

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