TULSA - Oklahoma drivers are miles away from the Gulf Coast but they're beginning to feel the impact of Hurricane Isaac. Gas prices have jumped 10 cents in the last week in the Tulsa area, AAA shows.
The U.S. government has shut down nearly 80 percent of oil production in the Gulf of Mexico in preparation for Isaac.
Drivers filling up at the QT on 36th and South Peoria were bracing for the storm. George Vasquez is spending about $20 more to fill up every week.
"Right now it really, really sucks, too high, too much money," he said. "Before they had it at $3.48 and they jumped to $3.65 and now $3.70 for one gallon. It's too much money."
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Financial analyst Jake Dollarhide warns those prices may not come down anytime soon.
"There’s a lot of concern that potential Hurricane Isaac could disrupt refining capacities in the Gulf Coast," he said. "The Gulf Coast counts for about 44 percent of all the gasoline produced in the U.S."
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