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Gas prices should start easing back in a few weeks in state say experts

Experts say the latest rise in gas prices should start easing off in a couple weeks because the refinery damage from the Texas hurricanes was not as bad as expected.

But it was bad enough to raise Wisconsin's gas prices by another nickel-a-gallon. The Triple A's statewide average for unleaded regular this morning is $3.965, up almost five cents from Monday and 16 cents from a month ago. reports an average of $4.16 in that area, up a penny from Monday.

A station in Brookfield was charging $4.45 Monday afternoon.

Without the hurricane damage, gas prices could have kept falling as crude oil is now below $100 a barrel.

Matt Hauser of the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers says 40 percent of Milwaukee area fuels come from the places where the hurricanes hit and supplies have been tight for a few weeks.