WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Gas prices climbed Wednesday afternoon in Wichita thanks to Tropical Storm Harvey and the upcoming Labor Day holiday.
Prices were at $2.29 a gallon but jumped to $2.49 a gallon at area Dillons stores and QuikTrip stations.
Key oil and gas facilities along the Texas Gulf Coast, including Motiva Enterprises the biggest in the nation, have temporarily shut down as Harvey pounded the region with torrential rain and high winds.
Even before the Harvey made landfall late Friday, dozens of oil and gas platforms had been evacuated.
Experts predicted gas rising anywhere from 5 cents to 25 cents per gallon.
“While retail prices are moving moderately, motorists can expect to see additional increases at the pump,” said Jennifer Haugh, spokesperson for AAA Kansas. “The near-term combinations of Labor Day, increased demand and the tightened supply levels in the Gulf means motorists are likely to see gas prices increase up to another 15 cents in the coming week.”
According to AAA Kansas, gas prices have been on the rise for the past week to 10 days. The average Kansas per gallon price is $2.28 today, up five cents from Tuesday and up 10 cents from its Aug. 21 statewide average of $2.18.