Gas prices expected to spike as Hurricane Harvey inches towards Texas

Posted at 6:12 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 19:12:49-04

Wisconsin will feel the ripple effect from Hurricane Harvey at the gas pump.

According to, the average price of gas in Wisconsin is $2.33, but GasBuddy predicts it won't stay like this for long.

"Prices in every state will be impacted to varying degrees over the next 1 to 2 weeks, possibly longer," said petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan.

Drivers should be buckled up and ready.

"I mean it is what it is," said Cheldton Brown.

Some drivers aren't too worried but others are already preparing.

"It's going to be ridiculous, I have two vehicles. It's going to take a hit in my pockets," said Jada Nabors.

GasBuddy says because of Harvey, Gulf coast oil refineries began shutting down Thursday.

"Hopefully it's not long-term. Hopefully it's just a short term spike," said Ron Zinda.

AAA experts said right now it's difficult to see how huge the impact will be but they do say it won't be as bad as the south. Drivers are just waiting to see how this storm will play out.

"I hope everyone's prepared. I just wish everybody the best," Brown said.

"We're just going to have to suffer through it. We can't control mother nature, makes me think a lot," Nabors said.

This is a pretty big deal nearly half of the country’s biggest refineries sit on the Gulf coast.