Friday evening SWAC Husband called from the Valley and gave us a heads-up that gasoline prices had been rising all day around Harrisonburg and Staunton on fears that refineries may be damaged as the hurricane roared ashore in Houston. Since I was at a half tank, my sister and I went out to fill up our tanks before gas prices surged.
The Sheetz station had removed prices from their sign because they were running out of gas -- and on Saturday their pumps were completely shut down. We found gas for $3.56 at the Citgo ... they were doing a brisk business as others headed out to top off tanks before the expected spike in prices. When we drove by 12 hours later, their gas had jumped $0.40 a gallon.
On the very thought that the hurricane could disrupt oil flow, prices rose.