Bracing for Impact: What farmers can expect with Hurricane Lee and how it could drive up gas prices

USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says farmers in Eastern New England and Atlantic Canada should expect impacts from Hurricane Lee this weekend. There are concerns that the storm system will hit New Brunswick which is home to Canada’s largest oil refinery.

The Northeast has its eyes on the incoming Hurricane Lee.
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) Meteorologist Brad Rippey provided an update Thursday on the places where farmers should take steps to prepare for the extreme weather event.

“We are expecting some impacts in Eastern New England and Atlantic Canada, with a significant wind event, as well as heavy rain,” Rippey said. “And then, of course, the damaging winds and the storm surge that comes along with the tropical system.”

There are concerns that the storm will hit New Brunswick this weekend, which is the home of the Irving Oil Refinery, Canada’s largest oil refinery, producing an average of 320,000 barrels daily.

GasBuddy hopes for a weak storm once it makes landfall as gas prices are already 12 percent higher annually.


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