Floridians bundle up as cold snap hits state

UNDATED (AP) - Shelters packed with the homeless and Floridians
were reminded to protect their pets and plants as chilly weather
set in across state.

In Belle Glade, helicopters worked to protect corn and green
beans from the frigid temperatures. The movement of the helicopter
blades helped prevent a frost on crops.

Farmers in the Tampa Bay area also kept careful watch as
temperatures dipped Wednesday night. George Casey, who manages a
blueberry crop in Brooksville with his wife, told the St.
Petersburg Times that he expects to lose about 5 percent of his

The cold snap stretched all the way down the Florida peninsula.
In Miami-Dade County, Mayor Carlos Alvarez said outreach workers
would be on the streets to encourage the homeless to find shelters
for the night.

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