Gas Prices Go Up as Holiday Travel Approaches

September 3, 2012 Updated Sep 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM EDT

By WKBW News

September 3, 2012 Updated Sep 3, 2012 at 8:09 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The labor day holiday is a busy time on the roads, and this year, it's costing more for drivers as gas prices are on the rise. But is there relief in sight?

Experts say Hurricane Isaac can be blamed for the recent spike in gas prices, since Isaac shut down Gulf Coast refineries that produce about 10% of the nation's fuel.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded gas in Western New York is $3.94, according to AAA. That's up 6 cents from a week ago and up 16 cents from last year.

Nationally AAA says this was largest August price increase since 2005.

Those gulf coast refineries are expected to be up and operating next week.

Until those refineries get up and running it's bad news for drivers. With today typically a busy travel day, experts say travelers will face the most expensive pump prices ever for this time of year.

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