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Hurricane Harvey causes gas prices to spike

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FAIRFIELD -

Hurricane Harvey left its mark around Connecticut just in time for the Labor Day weekend with a big spike in gas prices.

Drivers filling up on I-95 in Fairfield will pay $2.75 per gallon, up 12 cents Friday morning alone.

News 12 has learned the price spike is because more than a dozen refineries in Texas are offline.

According to AAA, even with the increase, most people likely made Labor Day plans before the hurricane hit and will hit the road anyway this weekend.

"I don't know how long it's going to last, but I guess if they can get all the gas going, the refining going, that would help," says Matt Morgan.

AAA experts say gas prices may not drop until late September and will likely rise another 10 percent before then.

But some relief could be coming after the government releases half a million barrels of oil reserves.

However, that will not likely help the situation this weekend.

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