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The Ivan Effect?

Hurricane Ivan isn't just affecting our weather. It may also be affecting gas prices. Prices locally have jumped as much as 20 cents a gallon since Wednesday, although some stations showed a slight decline Friday morning.

An AAA spokesman in West Virginia hasn't received official word on the reason behind the price increase, but says the hurricane is probably a factor. Still, local drivers we talked to are skeptical.

"I don't know if I agree with it, but it fits the times right now," said Mike Rice.

Motorist Chris Sims was more to the point, when asked if the increase would affect his driving habits.

"No, I gotta drive, you know what I mean?"

Many offshore oil rigs were shut down when Ivan hit, and a lot of gas refineries in cities along the Gulf Coast had to close as well.


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