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Gas prices jump overnight in Southwest Florida

Posted at 4:26 AM, Sep 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-01 06:56:36-04

Gas prices continue to go up Friday morning, as Texas continues working to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

The Texas agency that regulates the oil and gas industry is urging people to wait three or four days to fill their cars and trucks with gasoline if they can.

Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton said Thursday that people are panicking and that's causing a run on gas and empty fuel pumps.

He says there is plenty of gas in Houston and elsewhere, but there are logistical problems of making sure all of the stations are getting it.

He says he doesn't think it will be an issue a week from now as long as people stay calm and fill up their tanks as they normally would.

In Southwest Florida, we've seen gas prices slowly rise all week.  According to AAA, the average price of gas in the Fort Myers-Cape Coral area was $2.47 as of Friday morning.  That's up 18 cents over the last week.

However, we've seen prices jump up to $2.69 per gallon at some stations. 

To see what prices look like in your neighborhood, according to Gas Buddy, click here.