Gas pumps are empty at stations up and down the East Coast, and even into northern Florida. But there is still plenty of gas in the Bay Area, and experts don't expect prices to jump.
The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped a nickel per gallon over the past two weeks to $2.94.
Floridians are paying more at the pump than they have in three years, with gas prices averaging $2.91 per gallon.
According to AAA, unleaded gas a year ago in Florida was $2.30. A month ago it was $2.48. Today it’s up to $2.71.
Average gasoline prices in Florida have topped $2 a gallon for the first time since March, but fears about another surge in COVID-19 cases could head off continued price increases.
The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is below $2 throughout Florida, according to the AAA auto club. Amid a 70-percent decline in demand because of the coronavirus, prices are down $1 a gallon from a year ago and average $1.77 a gallon.
“Florida drivers are observing the social isolating concepts, so driving is about 50 percent of where it is normally,” AAA said.
The price of a gallon of gasoline has hit 99 cents at a station in Kentucky.