Published: Aug 26, 2011 11:17 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 26, 2011 11:26 PM EDT

FT. MYERS, Fla. -- East coast refineries are bracing for Irene's impact. Many are starting to turn off equipment and tie things down.Shutdowns of more than a few days could put serious pressure on fuel supplies and shipping. Drivers we spoke to say gas prices are already high enough.

But some good news from AAA: they tell WINK News the hurricane won't have an impact on gas prices - but something else will.

"I think what you're going to see is the normal affect of a holiday - approaching holiday weekend," said AAA Spokesperson Marsha Kut. She says the Labor Day holiday, not Irene, will raise prices at the pump.

"We're not anticipating because of the hurricane, even if it does impact the east coast. just because we much oil in reserve," said Kut.

The national price of a gallon of gas hovers at $3.57 - and $3.54 in Florida. That price, drivers tell WINK News, is high enough.

"It would not be good for us, you know, but it's like, we don't have a choice - we gotta pay it, whatever it is. Its not like we have anything to do about it," said Matthew Dimchele.


I also have to combine my trips - rather than make an unnecessary trip far away, I have to kinda lump up my errands together so I don't have to drive as much,” said Frank Rybak.


You cant really do anything about it - they're going to raise the prices no matter what. We just have to deal with it and it sucks,” said Sarah Barnes.