As of Thursday, August 30, 2012
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Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Bill Beck of Parkland, Fla., fills up his gas tank at the rate of $4.39 per gallon of supreme gasoline at the Chevron gas station on Buford Drive in Buford on Tuesday. According to Beck this total of $74.86 is the most it has ever cost him to fill up.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Much like they did throughout most of the country, Gwinnett gas prices jumped up Tuesday as Hurricane Isaac approaches the Gulf Coast.
The American Automobile Association estimated the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline in Georgia to be about $3.74 on Monday. By Tuesday evening, GasBuddy.com showed the typical price in Gwinnett at $3.94 per gallon.
Fear of reduced gasoline supplies sent wholesale gasoline prices up 7.7 cents, or 2.4 percent, to $3.155 per gallon Monday. The average retail price for a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. rose to $3.75 on Monday, and experts estimated it could be over $3.80 by Labor Day weekend.
Most Gwinnett gas stations have already hit that mark. While some in Lawrenceville were reported by consumers as low as $3.84 per gallon on Tuesday, the overwhelming majority sat at $3.94. A few came in at as high as $3.99.
Gasoline prices have risen in recent weeks because of the higher oil prices and refinery problems in the Midwest and West Coast. Monday's national average was at its highest level since May 9 and was up about 42 cents from the low reached on July 2.
Monday's Georgia average of $3.72 per gallon of regular unleaded, as reported by the AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report, was already 32 cents higher than a month ago and 7 cents higher than the week prior.
The highest recorded average gas price statewide is $4.18 per gallon of regular, set in Sept. 2008.-- The Associated Press contributed to this article