It hasn't taken long for gas prices to surge in some states, sometimes topping $5 a gallon, amid fears that Hurricane Ike is going to cause a major disruption on the oil market.
Price disparities of as much as $1 a gallon are being seen in some states, and even on some blocks. On top of it, the U.S. Minerals Management Service says there are two confirmed reports of drilling rigs adrift in the central Gulf of Mexico.
With 14 Texas refineries out of commission, one analyst says he expects gas prices to be highest in the Southeast because they get fuel from refineries in the Gulf.
State governments are already getting complaints about price gouging, and high ranking officials say it shouldn't be happening.