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Gas prices continue to decline in Horry County

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Myrtle Beach AAA Branch Manager, Tracie Lawrence said it's hard to tell when gas prices will hit a significantly lower price. Myrtle Beach AAA Branch Manager, Tracie Lawrence said it's hard to tell when gas prices will hit a significantly lower price.

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Amidst a week where drivers in California are paying sky-high prices at the pump, South Carolina drivers are paying the opposite. South Carolina gas prices averaged at $3.49 Monday, compared to California's $4.67.

On Monday, the average price of gas in the city of Myrtle Beach was $3.45. Last week it was $0.03 more than that. Prices aren't expected to surge upward until the Thanksgiving holiday.

Patrick O'Neil drove into Myrtle Beach from Kentucky Friday night. O'Neil said it came as a pleasant shock when he saw how significantly lower the prices were in the tourist town.

"We're happy; we're saving $0.30 a gallon. We'll definitely fill up before we head back," O'Neil said. "I drive a lot and it's a mental thing too you know because you're gonna spend $1.50 on a Mountain Dew or something but a nickel on a gallon of gas makes all the difference in your mental psyche."

Experts said the Grand Strand continues to see lower prices for a variety of reasons. One is because the summer travel season is over, so there are fewer cars on the road. Another is because hurricane season is wrapping up. Oil refineries that may have been hit by tropical storms are back to full function.

Another is the type of fuel used is a more inexpensive winter blend during this time of year.

Myrtle Beach AAA Branch Manager, Tracie Lawrence said it's hard to tell when gas prices will hit a significantly lower price.

"There's no way to really know. There's been continual issues going on in the Middle East so that is really keeping gas prices from dropping as low as we expected them to initially," Lawrence said.

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