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Gas prices in Virgina dip below national average

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Posted at 7:37 PM, Aug 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-27 19:37:44-04

Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - Gas prices in Virginia have dipped to nearly 20 cents lower than the national average.

A gallon of regular gasoline cost $3.36 on average in Virginia Monday, compared to the national average of $3.54 according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. That puts Virginia in a tie for the 5th cheapest gas in the country.

NewsChannel 3 hit the pavement at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront to find out just how much out-of-town visitors were paying for gas back home.

"When I left, it was $3.86 for regular," explained John Verzino of Long Island, New York.

"I’ve seen 4.99 in some places," commented Gary Sykes of Brooklyn, New York.

Verzino says the gas in Virginia has been by far the cheapest he has encountered in his travels.

"It’s a lot cheaper! A lot cheaper. Jersey is cheaper. Up in Maryland it was cheaper. And in Virginia here it is the cheapest!" Verzino exclaimed.

The lower gas-prices have many out-of-town visitors filling up before they leave Virginia.

"Cheaper than New York, I’ll tell you that. Much cheaper. So I gas up every chance I get," Sykes commented.

The lower gas prices in Virginia come right in time for the busy Labor Day travel, when AAA expects more than 946,000 Virginians to travel.