Gas prices in Atlanta reach an average of $2.75 a gallon

Experts say that drivers rushing to fill up their tanks could lead to higher gas prices despite the absence of a shortage.

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Atlanta rose on Sunday to $2.75, as travelers prepare to return home at the close of Labor Day weekend.

According to figures released Sunday by AAA, overall Georgia averages are $2.66 per gallon.

Analysts say Harvey is to blame.

"Supply is down with 15 refineries being shut down, and capacity being off about a quarter, but we are also seeing a spike in demand," says the National Association of Convenience Stores' Jeff Lenard.

A major east coast pipeline is also shut down.

That 5,500-mile pipeline normally carries more than 3-million barrels of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel from Houston, through the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic to New Jersey, serving several major cities including Atlanta, Washington D.C. and New York.

According to Colonial Pipeline statement on Sunday, the estimated restart time between the company’s Houston and Hebert supply line as been updated to Monday for one line and Tuesday for its gasoline pipeline.

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