The conflict in Syria is half a world away, but its effects are about to hit home in Charlotte.
Days before thousands of drivers hit the road for the Labor Day holiday weekend, a possible U.S. military strike on Syria has the stock market on a roller-coaster run and oil prices at a two-year high.
"What's happening in Syria isn't good news. We probably will see a few-cent hike. Could be 10 cents, 20 cents. It's hard to say," said Angela Daley with AAA Carolinas.
It's not hard to find drivers already concerned about the hit to their wallets.
"It's ridiculous. I just put $6 in my tank to get me to Carowinds Boulevard because their gas is cheaper," said Charlotte driver Terry Gladdon.
The correlation between Charlotte's economy and the crisis in Syria can be hard to follow. Even economist John Connaughton admits the spike in oil prices lacks certain logic.
"Production is not being affected. Shipping is not being affected right now. This is all about expectations about potential problems," Connaughton said.
Even with no definitive word on U.S. military action against Syria, rising gas prices seem to be coming anyway.
"Big users, utilities, airlines, trucking companies, etc., are all buying futures to guarantee the price they're going to pay for energy in two, three, four, five months. That drives up the price and that's what drives up the price at the pump for consumers," Connaughton said.
That's what's driving Katie Rose to distraction.
"If the gas price goes up it's going to hurt everybody," she said.