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      Gas prices in Midlands remain mostly unchanged after Irene

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      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Gas prices in the Midlands remain mostly unchanged following Hurricane Irene's destructive path up the East Coast.

      Prices at the pump climbed just .2 cents per gallon over last week, according to ColumbiaGasPrices.com. Midlands motorists are now paying an average of $3.34.

      That average is 92.5 cents higher than last year at this time, and 15.6 cents above one month ago.

      "Retail gasoline prices finished last week quite strong in some areas on concern surrounding Hurricane Irene," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst. "The concern surrounding refinery production on the East Coast helped boost gasoline prices outside that area as well. The good news for motorists is that damage to refineries was likely minimal and gasoline production will resume soon. However, with Labor Day weekend fast approaching and these refineries taking days to resume production we still may see retail prices gradually climb during this week," DeHaan adds.

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      South Carolina ranks second overall in the country behind Arizona for having the lowest average gas prices. Spartanburg, Greenville, Columbia and Myrtle Beach all rank in the top ten cities with the cheapest gas, according to GasBuddy.com.

      The current national average sits at $3.61, which is up 2/8 cents per gallon.

      For the latest gas prices in your neighborhood, visit our Pain at the Pump page.