A story last week reported that residents of Nome, Alaska, could be looking at a costly winter: $9-a-gallon gasoline. The news, rightfully, has some of the 3,500 residents in the coastal town freaked out.
"It is going to kill us," said Sunny Song, owner of Mr. Cab, which ferries children to school, nurses to their patients' homes and women to hospitals to give birth.
According to the Associated Press report, a winter storm prevented a barge that usually carries fuel from getting to shore. The most likely plan is to fly it in, but it would be costly and could be a logistical nightmare.
A gallon of gas was selling for $5.98 a gallon last week. The next barge delivery wouldn't be until next June. In the meantime, flying fuel to the city could increase the cost per gallon by $3 to $4, officials said.
To put that in context, the average price for a gallon of gas in New York is roughly $3.60. In Missouri, it's only $3.017.
To see what the price at the pump is in your neck of the woods, see AAA's updated chart .
The Associated Press contributed to this report.