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Tropical Storm Isaac Expected to Cause Increase in Naperville Gas Prices

AAA officials have said that Tropical Storm Isaac -- soon expected to become Hurricane Isaac -- may cause gas prices in Illinois to spike.

Illinois gas prices could rise 10 cents a gallon by this time next week due to Tropical Storm Isaac, according to CNN Money.

Officials from AAA have said that Tropical Storm Issac, which is currently ripping across the Gulf of Mexico, will shut down offshore oil rigs causing a spike in gas prices.

The National Hurricane Center has predicted that the tropical storm will become a hurricane on Tuesday with 74 to 95 mph winds. It is expected to hit from an area southwest of New Orleans to the edge of Florida's panhandle.

The cheapest unleaded gas available in Naperville as of Monday afternoon is $3.96 per gallon at , 1712 W. Ogden Ave., which means gas could reach as high as $4.06 by Sept. 3.

Tropical Storm Isaac targeted a broad swath of the Gulf Coast on Monday, bearing down just ahead of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The potential for a landfall as a Category 2 hurricane as soon as Tuesday prompted evacuations along a wide area of the Gulf Coast and sent people out to stock up on staples.

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