Gas Prices Spike Ahead of Ike

This gas station is located in Tallahassee, Florida. (Courtesy: WCTV)
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At the McKenzie Market on North Monroe Street in Tallahassee, regular gas is up from $3.67 to $5.49 cents a gallon.

The station's manager says they gave out of gas overnight and had to have gas delivered this morning. She says the spike in prices will hurt business and she's worried about giving out again.

More than a million people have evacuated the Gulf Coast ahead of Ike and residents in our area have been filling up since yesterday trying to avoid the higher prices.

To make matters worse, Exxon Mobil, Valero, ConocoPhillips and Marathon are among the companies halting operations at refineries on the Texas coast.

The refineries in the area account for about one-fifth of the nation's refining capacity. Exxon Mobil's refinery outside Houston is the nation's largest.

Jim Smith with the Florida Petroleum Marketers says prices for major companies in our area could jump anywhere between 15 and 25 cents a gallon, but it's those independent stations, like McKenzie who are getting hit hard.

Smith also says prices will increase at the pump only after a station receives a new delivery, that's why some retailers are asking motorists to limit purchases to 10 gallons, so that the stations can avoid running out of gas.

This is The United States Department of Energy website where you can report price gouging.

Report Price Gouging in Florida by calling 866-966-7226
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