Tropical Storm Isaac Expected to Cause Steep Increase in Local Gas Prices
AAA officials have said that Tropical Storm Isaac — soon expected to become Hurricane Isaac — may cause gas prices to rise 25 cents a gallon.
Metro Detroit gas prices are expected to rise about 25 cents a gallon by this time next week.
Officials from AAA have said that Tropical Storm Issac, which is currently ripping across the Gulf of Mexico, will shut down offshore oil rigs.
The National Hurricane Center has predicted that the tropical storm will become a hurricane on Tuesday with 74 to 95 mph winds. It is expected to hit from an area southwest of New Orleans to the edge of Florida's panhandle.
The cheapest unleaded gas available in Canton as of 5 p.m. Monday is Meijer, 45001 Ford Road; Speedway, 45350 Ford Road; Speedway, 5596 N. Lilley and Knight 31, 41350 Ford Road, all registering at $3.84 per gallon.
In Plymouth, the cheapest gas prices are at Plymouth One Stop, 129 W. Ann Arbor Trail; Marathon, 402 N. Mill St. and Speedway, 1066 N. Mill St., where fuel is $3.88 per gallon.
Tropical Storm Isaac targeted a broad swath of the Gulf Coast on Monday, bearing down just ahead of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The potential for a landfall as a Category 1 hurricane as soon as Tuesday prompted evacuations along a wide area of the Gulf Coast and sent people out to stock up on staples.