The average price of gas in Virginia has already gone up a penny from Monday.
The average price for a gallon of regular in the Commonwealth on Tuesday is $3.62.
The average price of gas in Roanoke is $3.56. Across the country, the average is $3.76.
Get ready to say ouch! If you think you're paying a lot at the pump, you may want to hold onto your hat because prices could soon pass an all-time high.
Isaac, which is near hurricane force, could wreak havoc on some key refineries in the gulf and that would cause a major problem.
Right now, the average price of gas in Roanoke is $3.56 a gallon for regular unleaded. That's up 32cents from a month ago.
And, here is an alarming number. We're just shy of the all-time high of $3.57 which we hit in 2008. When gas prices increase, a ripple effect takes place in terms of the economy.
We spoke with Juergen Fleck, an economics professor at Hollins University. “Everything that has to do with oil and energy will affect the economy a lot.People need to drive their cars. We need to heat our houses. Fertilizers come from oil. So anything that disrupts the flow of oil has a huge impact on the U.S. economy,” he said
Even though prices seem high, Roanoke's average is still lower than the state average of $3.60 and the national average of $3.75. The pain at the pump won't stop Americans from driving over the Labor Day holiday when motorists are expected to drive more than 50 miles.