Isaac causes jump in gas prices
NAPLES, Fla. - Drivers not only braced for Isaac but the spike in gas prices he's leaving behind.
"Every time a hurricane gets close to here it goes up, every single time. it never fails." said a driver in San Carlos.
Just hours after the storm, regular inched up closer to $4 a gallon. Costing $3.75 both at a Naples Hess station and a Circle K in San Carlos. Leaving a dent in 20-year-old Brandon Campbell's wallet.
"It affects everything i want to do, i don't have extra money for anything i can do."
Even helping his girlfriend, Kelsey Edwards.
"It takes out of rent money, food money, money for kids," said Edwards.
As Isaac makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico, oil and gas refineries have been shut down along the coast. It's causing prices in southwest Florida to jump between $0.09 and $0.12 since last week, according to AAA.
"Start building more refineries right now and using our own resources instead of getting our stuff from overseas," said Tim Packard, a custom home builder in Naples.
Packard says he's been feeling the pinch.
"You have to make shorter trips, you gotta try to get everything together so you're not running around wasting fuel," explained Packard.
and AAA says with Labor Day weekend ahead, prices could climb even higher. Aggravating drivers still recovering from the last surge at the pump
"Going from paying $50 for a full tank up to $75 when you're trying to pinch pennies, that really makes a difference," said Ronald Montgomery, of Fort Myers.