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Gas prices jump in Kansas City as Hurricane Harvey continues to pound Gulf Coast

Gas prices in the Kansas City area have jumped 13 cents since a week ago as Hurricane Harvey continues to pound the Gulf Coast.
Gas prices in the Kansas City area have jumped 13 cents since a week ago as Hurricane Harvey continues to pound the Gulf Coast. along@kcstar.com

Gas prices in the Kansas City area have jumped 13 cents since last week as Hurricane Harvey continues to pound the Gulf Coast.

The average price for regular gas was $2.29 a gallon in Kansas City Tuesday, according to the AAA. That’s up 5 cents from Monday and 13 cents from a week ago.

In Kansas City, Kan., the average price for regular gas on Tuesday was $2.36, also up 5 cents a gallon from Monday and 13 cents from a week ago, according to the AAA.

GasBuddy.com says the average price for gas is rising in the Kansas City area. The average price in Kansas City was $2.34 a gallon, according to the website.

At average price of $2.16 for gallon of gas, Missouri has one of the lowest gas prices in the nation.

The national average price for gas on Tuesday wass $2.38 a gallon, up a cent from Monday and 4 cents from a week ago, according to AAA.

The jump in the average gas prices nationwide was one of the largest one-week surge this summer, according to AAA.

About a quarter of oil refining capacity in the Gulf Coast has been taken offline, according to a story on AAA’s website. Eight refineries in Texas also shut down because of Harvey.

Gas prices are expected to continue to rise while oil companies determine the damage caused by the storm and when the refineries can return to full operations, according to AAA.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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