|Published:||Nov 21, 2013 5:05 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 21, 2013 5:58 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The numbers continue to jump at local gas stations.
"It definitely hurts the wallet a little bit," said one driver.
Rising to 20 cents higher than expected, in the past week alone.
"Go to the last drop, as much out of here as I can squeeze," said Joe Ruscalleda.
Experts blame the rise on two factors.
"Unexpectedly there's been some maintenance in the Gulf Coast refineries. And we do not have a pipeline in Florida. We have to bring all the gasoline and oil in by ships."
According to Triple AAA, 43.4 million Americans are expected to hit the road for the Thanksgiving season, but it looks like rising gas prices could put the brakes on travels for some Floridians.
"In the past, I would have gone up to my brother's in NY, go see my mother in Long Island, not this year, not happening," said Joe.
One gas station owner we spoke with, just raised his price up ten cents, while we were there!
He says the demand outweighs the supply in Florida.
"Today I ordered diesel, nobody had diesel," said the owner of Sunoco off Cleveland and Fowler.
He says sometimes they even lose money on the gas, making it a necessity to hurt your wallet.
Still there is one thing he said drivers can do.
"People paying cash would be a lot easier on us, could put the gas cheaper price actually."
Triple AAA says they expect the prices to come down after the holiday, dropping as suddenly as they went up.