AAA of­fers tips for trav­el­ers in a storm

No im­pact on gas prices in the re­gion ex­pected from Hur­ri­cane Michael

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Donna Rovins drovins@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Mer­cBiz on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA As Hur­ri­cane Michael slammed into Flor­ida’s Pan­han­dle on Wed­nes­day, AAA Mid-At­lantic of­fered some guid­ance to trav­el­ers about po­ten­tial im­pacts to east coast travel and gas prices as a re­sult of the storm.

While the storm is not ex­pected to have a di­rect im­pact on the Philadel­phia re­gion, AAA ad­vises lo­cal trav­el­ers to plan ahead, keep an eye on weather con­di­tions and put safety first, ac­cord­ing to AAA Spokes­woman Kath­leen Zin­szer.

“If they’re fly­ing in the next three, four, or five days, trav­el­ers should check with their travel agent about flight sta­tus be­fore leav­ing for the air­port. They also should check on can­cel­la­tion and re­book­ing op­tions now,” she said. “Even though the storm will move very quickly — what it leaves be­hind as far as out­ages, flood­ing and dam­ages — re­mains to be seen.”

She said trav­el­ers should un­der­stand their op­tions and have a plan.

AAA also ad­vises trav­el­ers to re­view pur­chased travel in­sur­ance to know what cov­er­age that in­sur­ance does or does not pro­vide.

AAA Mid-At­lantic does not ex­pect a gaso­line short­age across the coun­try as a re­sult of the storm, ac­cord­ing to Zin­szer. She added that the sever­ity of the storm will de­ter­mine ac­cess to fuel sup­ply and im­pact on gas prices in Flor­ida and Ge­or­gia.

“There could be some tem­po­rary spikes in some ar­eas in the storm’s path, but it’s not ex­pected to im­pact crit­i­cal gulf coast re­finer­ies,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to AAA’s daily gas pric­ing re­port, the aver­age gas price across the five-county Philadel­phia area on Wed­nes­day was $3.06 per gal­lon, up a penny in the last week. Last year, the aver­age price was $2.68 per gal­lon across the re­gion. The all-time high­est recorded price in the five-county Philadel­phia area was $4.16 per gal­lon, recorded on June 20, 2008.

Na­tion­ally, the aver­age price for a gal­lon of gas Wed­nes­day $2.91, up a penny in the last week.

Hur­ri­cane Michael came ashore Wed­nes­day in Mex­ico Beach, Fla., just east of Panama City Beach as a strong Cat­e­gory 4 storm, with winds of 155 mph. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter, as the storm moves away from Flor­ida, strong storm con­di­tions will im­pact Alabama, Ge­or­gia, North and South Carolina. As of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, Trop­i­cal Storm watches and warn­ings were in place in sev­eral south­east­ern states.

“If they’re fly­ing in the next three, four, or five days, trav­el­ers should check with their travel agent about flight sta­tus be­fore leav­ing for the air­port. They also should check on can­cel­la­tion and re­book­ing op­tions now.” — Kath­leen Kin­szer, AAA Mid-At­lantic spokes­woman

DEVON RAVINE — NORTH­WEST FLOR­IDA DAILY NEWS VIA AP

AAA Mid-At­lantic of­fered some tips Wed­nes­day for peo­ple who may be trav­el­ing in the next sev­eral days to ar­eas hit by Hur­ri­cane Michael.

DONNA ROVINS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

AAA Mid-At­lantic said Wed­nes­day that Hur­ri­cane Michael could have an im­pact on travel in the com­ing days. But the travel agency does not ex­pect price surges or short­ages of gaso­line in the tri-county re­gion.

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