Gas prices in SC down a penny

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) -- Average gas prices across the state of South Carolina dropped by about a penny in the last week to $3.06 per gallon, gas price tracking website found.

According to GasBuddy, national averages dropped by 4.2 cents to $3.38 per gallon.

"The national average has continued its decline which has been continuing for 34 consecutive days," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

Gas prices currently stand 40.5 cents per gallon lower than one year ago and 18.2 cents lower than one month ago. Nationally, prices are 21.4 cents lower than a month ago and 41.9 cents lower than one year ago, the website found.

"And the odds are very good that prices will continue to decline in most areas in the week ahead. Perhaps most notable at this point of decline is how much cheaper gas prices stand versus the same date last year, with motorists realizing prices that are 50 cents or more lower. Much of the difference can be blamed on more active Atlantic waters last year that brought more storms than what we've seen this year," DeHaan said.