In the meantime, we move on to the soaring price of gas. Averaging 3.81 nationally up 3 cents in the past week. And in california, look at this, 4.65. We're asking what's going on in california and... See More
In the meantime, we move on to the soaring price of gas. Averaging 3.81 nationally up 3 cents in the past week. And in california, look at this, 4.65. We're asking what's going on in california and are we about to see a turning point with those prices. Here's abc's brandi hitt now. Reporter: California drivers are beyond frustrated -- I didn't even get like ten gallons in $43. Gas prices are almost $5 a gallon. It's ridiculous. My car right here takes almost $100 to fill it up. Reporter: -- As they face a second straight day of record-breaking gas prices, perhaps prompting thieves who electronically disabled a meter at this shell in roseville, california, and stole nearly 1,000 gallons. I don't know if we can recover the money or not, but at least those people should go to jail. Reporter: The dramatic spike in california is thanks to the perfect storm of problems. While one plant in richmond was shut down because of a fire, another plant closed last week because of power problems. A pipeline also became contaminated, and it all happened as california prepares to switch from now scarce summer grade to winter grade fuel. New england is also seeing a price increase. As older refineries shut down. It's just here in california and up in the new england states where there are some anomalies going on, and that's why prices are still high. Reporter: Nationally the areas in red are being hit hardest. Gas prices in new york and connecticut are also still well above $4 a gallon, as is the case in the northwest. Drivers here in burbank are paying up to $5.89 a gallon, and some oil experts believe prices could go up another 20 cents before finally coming down over the next week.
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