Area per-gallon gas price average drops 10.1 cents

Average retail gasoline prices in the Nashville area fell 10.1 cents per gallon during the past week, averaging $3.33 per gallon as of Sunday, according to gasoline price website

This compares with the national average of $3.56, a decrease of 9.6 cents.

Nashville prices Sunday were 8.1 cents per gallon higher than they were on the same day one year ago and 25.8 cents per gallon lower than they were four weeks ago. The national average has decreased 23.3 cents per gallon during the last four weeks and stands 10.2 cents per gallon higher than on this day one year ago.

“With Hurricane Sandy headed for the East Coast, there are a number of uncertainties in regards to the impact at the pump for various fuels," Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said in a release. "There is very little to look back at history and compare this storm to. And so far, it remains to be seen exactly how gasoline and diesel prices will be impacted. For motorists west of the Mississippi, there may be little change in prices because of the storm, but as you head east, especially in the states to be highly impacted, there may be disruptions at various levels. However, any disruptions in supply may be offset by area-wide shutdowns of business, leading to curtailed demand for fuel.”

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