Gasoline in Flux Across The Carolinas After Hurricane Florence

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

The status of gas varies across the Carolinas to start the workweek. Many motorists are welcoming cheaper, stable gas prices while others do not have access to gas at all in their areas, due to the lasting damage of Hurricane Florence.

“The gas situation is different for many Carolinians this week as we start to pick up the pieces from Florence,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “While some motorists are feeling relief, others are unfortunately still seeing bagged pumps at their area gas stations. If stations are out, it’s primarily due to power outages or impassable roads. Until power is restored, stations cannot accept deliveries to re-supply.”

Priority for gas typically goes to first responders before stations in times of emergency. Once areas regain power and roads clear, there is plenty of inventory to refuel the stations. The EIA reports that gasoline inventories in pipelines in the Lower Atlantic region are 10% higher than the 5-year average.

For most of the areas less affected or unharmed by Hurricane Florence, gas prices are down. North Carolina’s average is currently $2.67 – a one-cent decrease on the week and South Carolina’s is $2.57 – a two-cent increase on the week.

South Carolina is in the list of top ten states with the lowest gas price average in the nation.