Gas prices drop in RI, Mass. just in time for holidays

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"Overall, our research shows that Americans are doing better than a year ago and want to go somewhere for the holidays", said Vicky Evans, assistant vice president with AAA Travel.

Gas prices are going down, down down.

Gas prices in Florida have dropped to what they were before Hurricane Harvey impacted oil production on the Gulf Coast, a new report finds. At this time past year, gas prices in Florida stood at $2.32 per gallon on average. "AAA forecasts a record-setting 97.4 million Americans will take a road trip during the final 10 days of the year". The reason: refineries are producing more gas than is being used. The national average is down 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week from $2.45.

As of last week, they have fallen to levels before Hurricane Harvey's slap on Gulf Coast refineries in August. Florida gas prices are 13 cents less than a month ago, but 6 cents more than this time past year, AAA reported.

Almost 2.7 million people will be traveling this holiday in the Washington metro area - a 3.5 percent increase over travelers in 2016, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

In Homosassa, for example, the average price for regular unleaded as of Sunday was $2.44, according to AAA. Jacksonville and the Tampa-St. Across the nation, gas prices have ranged from a high of $2.67 per gallon in September to a low of $2.23 per gallon in July.

Drivers can expect pump prices to continue to drop heading into the holiday season as supply strengthens and fall gasoline demand weakens.

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