Hurricane Isaac is causing gas prices to rise in the Sioux Falls area.
Although the storm is scheduled to hit hundreds of miles away, gas prices have already risen thirty cents since last month. According to AAA South Dakota, they are expected to rise an additional ten to twenty cents before the end of Labor Day Weekend.
Lucy Wilkins, a commuter in the Sioux Falls area is already planning on how she will deal with day-to-day life if prices continue to rise. "Definitely going to try and not drive as much. With me going to school at the University Center it is quite a drive from the house," Wilkins said. "Unfortunately I can't get around that, but I am going to try and stay around the house more."
A spokesperson from AAA South Dakota says we should expect to see prices come back down in October after the pumps are switched to what is known as a winter blend.
Winter blend is a type of gasoline that uses different fuel additives and a blend of crude oil. The winter blend is cheaper than the summer blend but causes more harm to the environment.