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Isaac could drive local gas prices even higher

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Gas prices in the Greenville area increased 6 cents in the past week, according to GasBuddy.com, and experts said Tropical Storm Isaac may drive prices up even more.

The average cost for a gallon of gas in the Greenville area was at $3.41 on Monday - 32 cents lower than the national average of $3.73.

Locally, the price was 30.5 cents higher than a month ago and 10.3 cents higher than last year. Nationally, the price was 23.3 cents higher than last month and 11.8 cents higher than last year.

Experts said the rising gas prices may be increased further thanks to interruptions and damage from Tropical Storm Isaac, churning through the Gulf of Mexico.

"It's entirely within the realm of possibility that we see refinery outages, oil production losses, and gasoline supply issues - essentially all the things you don't want to happen," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "While this storm doesn't currently appear as powerful as other storms that have caused similar concern - we're continuing to watch the situation develop. One thing is for sure - I'm concerned that this storm will temporarily drive prices higher in the short term."

AAA reported the average cost for a gallon of gas was at $3.47 in South Carolina, $3.71 in North Carolina and $3.70 in Georgia.

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