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Gas prices hold steady during pandemic and tropical storms

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(WVVA)- The price at the pumps has remained relatively steady for the last 12 weeks.

"The demand is dropping rapidly because a lot of people aren't traveling for the holiday and also school is back in session. What that means is when we have lower supply levels that means higher gas prices. That's not the case right now. Despite the steady supply dip continued lower demand is helping push gas prices even cheaper this week." Jenifer Moore, Senior Specialist, Public & Government Affairs- AAA Allied Group explained.

Weather like recent hurricanes hitting the gulf coast are raising prices in those regions, but that's not the case in the Two Virginias.

"At the moment right now all of the storms that have come thru and all of the storms that will there are no national impacts as far as gas prices. What you may see is in the immediate area where the hurricane or tropical storm happens to land, there will be impacts there but there won't be any national impacts. Depending on the strength of the hurricane that can change," Moore said.

AAA reports the national average for a gallon of gas is $2.18, roughly 30 cents less than this time last year.

"Mid-September is typically the point in the year when we start to see cheaper gas prices because centers start to switch from summer blend to winter blend," she revealed.

Moore is also advising motorists to practice pandemic protocols at the pump to drive down the spread Coronavirus.

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