LAS VEGAS — For the first time since Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean last month, eye-watering prices are setting in across the U.S. and Europe.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says consumers are now paying an average of $7.85 a tube for eyewear.
In the U, prices are up 20 percent since last October.
In Britain, prices have climbed 17 percent in the last two months.
And in France, eye implants are now more expensive than a new pair of pants, the agency said.
The trend isn’t confined to the U., where the cost of glasses is climbing.
At least 40 states have seen price increases of more than 10 percent since Maria hit.
But the U-shaped price curve appears to be getting bigger for consumers across the globe.
The eye of the storm is forecast to continue into the end of next week, when tropical storm Jose will bring heavy rains and wind gusts of up to 120 mph.
That would put it right over Florida, where most of the eye-witnesses have stayed home.