Gas prices continue to climb in Hampton Roads

What's worse? While analysts are predicting a 15-cent surge this week, "Prices could rise even more, depending on how the crude market responds to the latest news of a US missile strike over the weekend", AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said. All regions saw gasoline inventories decline, however, with the exception of the East Coast, which saw a large 3 million barrel rise.

Honolulu- $3.42/g, up 6.5 cents per gallon from last week's $3.36/g.

That means Orlando could see prices in the high $2.70s soon, said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA.

Despite the increase, the average cost for a gallon of gas in Virginia still sits almost 20 cents lower than the national average, which hovered at $2.71 on Monday.

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GasBuddy.com, which surveys 170 gas outlets in Chattanooga, said today that local prices at the pump rose 3.5 cents per gallon to $2.45 per gallon for regular gasoline.

"There is tremendous volatility in the oil and gasoline market", AAA spokeswoman Jeanette Casselano said. With the national average gas price now at its highest since July 26, 2015, I can't immediately allay all fears of a continued spike in gas prices.

"In the past few years, the average date that gas prices have peaked is mid-May, which is just around the corner, and by all metrics, that could be very close to what we expect this time around", DeHaan said Monday in a news release.

States with the highest average gasoline prices: California ($3.55), Hawaii ($3.48), Alaska ($3.22), Washington ($3.20), Nevada ($3.11), OR ($3.09), Utah ($2.97), Pennsylvania ($2.94), Idaho ($2.93) and NY ($2.80).

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"Once that gasoline gets to the gas pump we see prices go up there because the gasoline is more expensive to add the additives in and more expensive to produce, so that cost gets passed on to the consumers".

DeHaan said refinery maintenance has gone well so far, gasoline supply has continued to increase and the transition to summer gasoline supplies is nearly finished. The Florida average of $2.63 is the most expensive since February.

Gas prices are continuing to rise in Decatur and the state.

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