September 2, 2017 / 8:10 AM / a year ago

U.S. average retail gasoline price rises to $2.59/gallon: AAA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Retail U.S. gasoline prices rose to $2.59 a gallon on Saturday in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, according to motorists advocacy group AAA.

FILE PHOTO: Derrick Washington fills-up after waiting in line for gasoline at the Fuel City service station in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 1, 2017. REUTERS/Brandon Wade

Retail gasoline prices are up 2.8 percent from Friday and up 16.7 percent from the average price a year ago.

Prices have risen more than 17.5 cents since Aug. 23, before the storm began.

Average prices in Texas, the epicenter of the storm, rose more than 3 percent from Friday to Saturday, and are up 12 percent from a week ago.

Reporting by Julia Simon in New York; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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