Fill Up Now, There Are A Lot Of Oil Rigs In Tropical Storm Isaac's Path

If you've been meaning to fill up your gas tank, now might be the time to do it. There are quite a few oil platforms in Tropical Storm Isaac's path.

Isaac is currently a tropical storm, but it could become a category 2 hurricane with winds of up to 100 mph.

This graphic shows the current projected path of the hurricane brought to you by the National Weather Service superimposed with a map of oil rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico from GeoCommons. If some of these platforms are damaged during the storms, we could see a rise in gas prices.

It's not unprecedented for hurricanes to boost the price of gasoline. Mother Nature News reports that when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit the gulf in 2005, gas went up a dollar and 30 cents per gallon; Hurricanes Gustav and Ike forced refineries to close temporarily in 2008, driving up gas prices about 60 cents on average in some parts of the country.

Hat tip to @TWCMikeBettes