JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Drivers got hit Wednesday with the biggest one day jump in gas prices in a year and a half after Tropical Storm Isaac shut down refineries along the gulf coast.
This is reducing supply and experts say it’s a factor elevating fuel prices across the nation including our region.
Jacksonville area fuel prices are now averaging $3.73 for regular, up four cents from Tuesday and 33 cents more than a month ago.
Local motorists whose cars need premium are having a hard time finding a posted price less than 4 bucks.
Southside driver Josh Woodard said, “It’s getting outrageous. I only go to the grocery store and home.” So a 40 gallon round trip to visit family in Macon, Georgia this holiday weekend is no longer possible.
Woodard told Action News, “I haven’t been up there in over a year because I cant afford to go there.”
His wife Sandi said, “You can’t afford to go to the pool, the beach, anywhere.”
The Woodward family will instead spend their Labor Day weekend at home on Jacksonville’s Southside.