Gas prices inch up at peak of hurricane season

The price of gasoline is up slightly this past week, and we could see some changes at the pump fairly quickly, according to AAA.

It’s September, the kids are back in school, and pretty much no one is taking road trips, but the price of gasoline has crept up to $2.156 on average in metro New Orleans today. It's about a penny higher than last week. AAA’s Don Redman says all you have to do is look at the National Hurricane Center’s web site to know why.

"There might be a slight bump in prices as we see some more storms heading this way and potentially entering the Gulf,” said Redman. 

A tropical disturbance has a 60 percent chance of development over the next five days as it moves from an area north of the Greater Antilles into the Gulf of Mexico.

But Redman says as the hurricane season winds down, and as long as there’s no political upheaval in other oil-producing parts of the world, the price here at the pump will likely be below two dollars a gallon in the fall.

"Once we get out of September and into October, the further we get away from the peak of the hurricane season, we’ll start seeing those prices come down," he said.