TULSA, Okla. — Tulsans are spending more money on gas right now, and it's not just due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The devastation of Hurricane Laura is impacting what you pay at the pump here in Green Country. The storm forced oil refineries to shut down on the Gulf Coast and gas prices have been steadily rising as businesses across the country reopen.
Gas expert Patrick De Haan said Tulsans could see gas prices rise to $2 a gallon or more this week.
Prices have moved up because prices of gasoline has slowed down due to hurricane Laura and that affected prices very quickly. Whenever you have an impending change due to supply and demand, those are the types of things that can affect prices.
De Haan said although there is a spike period right now, relief is coming. In the next few weeks, prices should fall from ten to 20 cents. Some good news, there are some places De Haan recommends people go for cheaper gas prices.
Grocery stores, and wholesale clubs, like Sam's Club, always have the lowest prices.
These places offer lower prices because they expect customers to make up the difference in spending by buying at their stores.
De Haan also recommends people shop around for the cheapest gas prices before spending. The GasBuddy app helps you shop around for the cheapest gas prices, and will alert you when they could potentially rise.
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