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Gas prices dropping, but remain higher than last year

August 12, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com

Gas prices were on the decline for the third straight week, dropping below $3.60 a gallon on average nationally and locally Monday.

The average price of regular-grade gas per gallon was $3.57 in Hagerstown,  $3.58 throughout the state of Maryland and $3.54 nationally, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report online at http://fuelgaugereport.opisnet.com/.

All three prices were above $3.60 last week.

Despite the drop, prices are still higher than they were at this time last year.

Kurt Raios of Hagerstown, who drives a taxi for a living, said the higher gas prices have cut into his profits.

“It seems like the prices go up every Friday and then come down on Mondays,” Raios said. “I don’t see a reason that they should be this high all the time.”

Richard Moser, 70, of Hagerstown said he does farm work, and gas prices have not affected him too much this summer.

“It’s high, but it’s affordable,” he said. “Gas has gone way up in the last three years.”

Gas prices could still increase in the coming weeks due to the potential for hurricanes and refinery problems, AAA Mid-Atlantic said in its weekend gas watch.

Tropical storms in the Gulf Coast have not yet affected prices, but storms could still be a factor, the AAA said in a news release.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration reported last week that this hurricane season is expected to be “unusually active.”

HMTV6 meteorologist Kris Nation also said the next six weeks are expected to be “above active.”

“We’re looking at an average of three named storms, but we’ll probably see five named storms in the next six weeks,” Nation said.

Gas prices reached as high as $3.70 a gallon earlier this summer.

In Hagerstown, prices were as low as $3.47 a gallon for regular-grade gas Monday at the AC&T Station and Martin’s Station on Wesel Boulevard, and as high as $3.59 a gallon at the Sheetz stations on East Washington Street, Potomac Avenue, Eastern Boulevard and South Potomac Street, according to the AAA Fuel Price Finder online at http://aaa.opisnet.com/index.aspx.

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