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Affects of Hurricane Harvey could cause spike in Tennessee gas prices

Auto Club Group AAA says gas prices could jump between 10-30 cents as Hurricane Harvey forced oil refineries to be evacuated and has affected supply lines. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Auto Club Group AAA says gas prices could jump between 10-30 cents as Hurricane Harvey forced oil refineries to be evacuated and has affected supply lines.

Gas in Tennessee has jumped by two cents since last week, with the average gas price in Nashville at $2.18 per gallon. Only Memphis currently has higher prices with a $2.19 average.

The lowest prices can be found in Clarksville, where the average is $2.09 per gallon. Chattanooga is the cheapest average in the state with $2.07.

AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins says uncertainty in the market remains. "Uncertainty of the extent of the damages, and how long before operations are fully restored. Motorists should expect higher prices this week. It's still early know how much prices will rise, but a minimum of 10-30 cents would not be a surprise," Jenkins says.

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