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Gasoline prices are nearing the highest on record

Oil prices have hit their highest level in a decade.
Eric Gay
AP file
Oil prices have hit their highest level in a decade.

More bad news at the gas pump: Prices could soon jump 40 to 50 cents.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says oil prices have surged above $110 a barrel — the highest in a decade — due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Mark Jenkins, spokesman for the AAA auto club, said sanctions have "effectively removed Russian oil from the market." Prices accelerated Wednesday, he said, when OPEC and its allies announced they would not ramp up production beyond modest increases previously planned.

Thursday's average price for gasoline in Florida was $3.62 per gallon, but the price of oil could push that beyond $4, AAA says.

The average price in Georgia was 2 cents cheaper on Thursday.

The highest average price ever recorded in Florida: $4.08 on July 17, 2008 — 14 years ago, AAA says. In Georgia, it was $4.16 two months later.

For now, Northeast Florida had some of the cheapest gas in Florida on Thursday at an average of $3.58 per gallon in Duval, Clay and Putnam counties, according to AAA. St. Johns County was 2 cents higher and Nassau a penny above that.

AAA says rising prices are already discouraging people from driving. A AAA survey found that 39% of Florida drivers are driving less often, and 27% are making shorter trips.

Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.