App will help people find gas in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 11:16 AM, Aug 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-25 14:16:17-04

As Hurricane Harvey shuts down refineries in Texas and makes gas more expensive and inaccessible, an app called GasBuddy will help motorists in affected areas find it.

Motorists are encouraged to use GasBuddy to report the status of any gas station they see or use to help others find it or avoid it when it runs out of gas.

The gas tracker already shows some stations in Houston that have no gas left and will help serve those who are trying to evacuate the area. 

While the impact of gas prices is not certain yet due to the changing trajectory of the storm, a rise in gas prices will be felt by most of the nation. The South and areas near the Gulf are expected to see prices go up by 10 cents per gallon.

Authorities will have a clearer picture of the impact once the results of initial assessments start to come in by next week. It is expected that the refining hub in Houston will have extensive damage, however.

People in affected areas are encouraged to stay tuned on GasBuddy for more information on rising gas prices, and gas shortages.