As Hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas, the storm is also having an impact on Florida

Gas prices could go way up
Posted at 3:39 PM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 17:24:36-04

From Galveston down to Corpus Christi, the mad rush is on to buy water and food, as Hurricane Harvey spins toward Texas like a giant wrecking ball.

It could dump up to 3 feet of rain with a possible 12 foot storm surge.


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That kind of flooding, almost guarantees people will need to be rescued.

Local emergency responders are already getting requests to be on stand by.

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Hillsborough County EOC is mobilizing it's swift water rescue teams.

"We're looking at our resources here locally to make sure they are ready to go but also we have to remember we have to keep some of those resources back home because we don't know what's coming as we enter the height of hurricane season," says Preston Cook, Director of Hillsborough County Emergency Management.

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Harvey could also punch a hole in your wallet at the pump because a third of the nations oil refineries are in the path of the storm. Gas prices could go up as much as 30 cents a gallon.

"A lot of the ships that would get in that area and pick up gas and bring it to Florida, that's not going to happen untill the storm passes or the ports open back up," says Mark Jenkins with AAA.