Officials warn of possible price gouging after Tropical Storm Beta

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AUSTIN, Texas (NewsNation Now) — Texas officials are bracing for more price gouging complaints after Tropical Storm Beta moves out of the area.

Price gouging became an issue after Hurricane Laura hit in August, NewsNation affiliate KXAN-TV reported.

Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for several counties on Monday.

The declaration gives the attorney general’s office the authority to prosecute businesses for raising prices on goods and services.

State officials received close to 70 price gouging complaints after Hurricane Laura.

Here’s a breakdown of those complaints after Hurricane Laura from Texas’s attorney general:

  • 29 – Lodging
  • 19 – Fuel
  • 11 – Hardware supplies
  • 6 – Food, water, groceries
  • 2 – Unknown
  • 1 – Online retailer