Arizona gas prices keep falling

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Arizona motorists are paying less at the pump again this week.
Officials with AAA Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $3.62 a gallon. That's down nearly 6 cents from last week. 
This week's national average is $3.50 per gallon, a decrease of more than 9 cents from last week.
Tucson has the lowest average gasoline price in Arizona at $3.38 a gallon while Flagstaff has the highest at $3.85.
Missouri has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $3.14 a gallon with California having the highest at $4.07 a gallon.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, oil refineries on the East Coast remain closed, although initial reports of damages are minimal. In advance of the storm, the temporary loss of refining capacity caused gasoline futures to rise sharply. However, demand was down as tens of millions of motorists were forced to stay home as the hurricane approached. 

"Hurricane Sandy impacted an area that is a major consumer of gasoline rather than a major producer, and as a result, did not have a significant impact on fuel prices," said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. "Conversely, the demand destruction caused by Sandy has the potential to pressure prices lower in regions such as the Gulf Coast, which could apply further downward pressure on Arizona fuel prices."

AAA expects that motorists will continue to experience price relief throughout November.

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