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Gas prices to rise following torrential rain

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Wisconsin (Press Release) - Motorists should be aware of a possible spike in gasoline prices over the next 24-48 hours in Wisconsin.

"I expect stations to increase prices 10-25 cents per gallon over the next day or two with some stations starting to raise prices immediately," says Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst.

DeHaan warned yesterday via GasBuddy's Facebook page that a price hike was likely in the Great Lakes area after watching wholesale gasoline prices spike. DeHaan said changes in wholesale gasoline prices can lead to increases hours later as stations pass along changes in the price they pay for gasoline. Torrential rain has led to shutdowns of some pipelines in the region and refineries have also suffered set backs as the region received record-breaking rainfall.

DeHaan also said that prices outside the Great Lakes would largely be unaffected as wholesale prices in other regions have only risen a few cents compared to the near 25-cent increase in wholesale prices in the Great Lakes region.

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