Hurricane Katrina causes gas prices to soar in Westchester

The effects of Hurricane Katrina are being felt across Westchester, Wednesday, especially when it comes to the cost of gasoline.

Gasoline prices have hit more than $3 a gallon for regular in Scarsdale. Officials say the aftermath of Katrina is having a ripple effect due to the interruption of oil production from Gulf Coast refineries that were knocked off-line in the storm.

The owner of an Exxon gas station in Scarsdale says the company he leases from, Cumberland Farms, raised his rent from $10,000 a month to $15,000 before the storm hit. He says customers blame him for the rising cost of gas, but he says he has no control over it.

The Bush administration will supply oil to refineries affected by Katrina, in an effort to get gas prices back under control. Officials say the cost of gas could reach $4 a gallon by September or October.

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