Those traveling over Labor Day weekend encountered the most expensive gas prices in seven years, according to AAA. Prices at the pump are now averaging $3.02 per gallon in Florida—83 cents more than last year's holiday, and 58 cents more than what drivers paid during the 2019 holiday weekend.
Florida's gas price average shot up 8 cents over the last last week after Hurricane Ida's impact on the Gulf Coast left nine crude oil refineries offline. This resulted in an outage of about 13 percent of total U.S. refining capacity. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, four of the nine refineries have begun the process of restarting. Three of those are located in Baton Rouge; the other is near New Orleans. The DOE says it could take several days for those refineries to once again at full rates. Meanwhile, five refineries near New Orleans remain shut due to issues including power outages. These plants account for 6 percent of the U.S.'s total refining capacity.