Well, exactly one week ago, the Weather Channel predicted an active hurricane season. Turns out… they were right? Since when does that ever happen? Anyways, with Hurricane Harvey expected to slam into Texas, Connecticut might not be spared, either.
WFSB reports that even though Texas is on Harvey’s direct path, our gas prices could still take a hit. So, that’s something none of us exactly want to hear. But, it’s a definite possibility.
Because Hurricane Harvey forced the shutdown of several oil rigs, which could cause gas to spike by .15 cents. Obviously, the price hike is totally dependent on the after math of this potential category 3 storm.
If you need a refresher, Hurricane Katrina reached category 3 when she slammed into Louisiana back in 2005.
As of now, Harvey strengthened to a category 2 monster, and has a strong potential to get even worse. As of now, he could drop up to 35 inches of rain over those along his direct course. His winds could also 111 mph by the time it makes landfall around Corpus Christi.
Not only that, forecasters say the hurricane could potentially stall over certain parts, which increases the risk of flooding and further damage.
Which is why Texas Governor Greg Abbott already declared a state of disaster and urged evacuations. If you happen to have family or friends living in THESE AREAS, check to make sure they’re okay.
So, this is why Harvey has the potential to create a ripple effect that can reach all the way into New England. Since half of America’s refining capacity happens to be in the direct area, it’s recommended that fill your car up if you need to.
Sure, it’d save you about 2 dollars, but 2 bucks can buy you 2 coffees at McDonald’s. So, there’s that.
Anyways, with Harvey looking to be toughening up by the second, along with winds expected to reach well over 110mph, these prices might hang around for a while. If Harvey coughs and sneezes his way over Texas, then we won’t really feel the pain at the pump.
Should that be the case, prices should go back to normal by next week. If not, however…
Either way, Kimberly Markey, of Berlin, told WFSB that we shouldn’t complain about the minor inconvenience:
“Think that’s part of life, right? Gas prices go up and down. Unfortunately, if that’s due to a hurricane, I really hope everyone is okay who is in the path of the hurricane. If we have to deal with a little bit of prices going up, totally understandable.”
So, what do you think? Will Harvey be as bad as forecasters say he’ll be? Or, do you hope he just turns into a figurative Simon Cowell and blows a bunch of hot air all over the place?