Crude oil futures surged Thursday, taking back recent losses after the U.S. Energy Department’s release of 1 million barrels a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

The move was made in the wake of Hurricane Harvey which has disrupted refinery operations on the Texas coast.

October West Texas Intermediate rose $1.27, or 2.8%, to settle at $47.23 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Still, oil was down 6% for the month.

Gasoline futures continued to skyrocket.

September gasoline rose 25.5 cents, or 13.5%, to end at $2.140 a gallon, up about 28% for the month. October gasoline rose 14.2 cents, or 5.7%, to $1.779 a gallon.

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