MIAMI (CBS4)- Farmers and everyday folks are bracing for freezing temperatures that are due to turn the tropics frigid this week.
The cold temperature is a potentially huge trouble for crops in the place that serves as the nation’s winter vegetable garden and comes on the heels of last winter’s crop scorching cold that damaged food goods from tomatoes to oranges.
South Floridans may see a hike in their grocery bill if local farmers do not get a break this time around.
The weather is descending upon the region, brought in with the wind – but that can be good as it will blow frost—if it comes—away from settling on fragile plantings.
Tens of thousands of dollars in produce revenue are hanging on the vines and are now subject to nature’s turn. Local farmers have pumps ready to spray water across acreage if the temperature looks like it’s headed to the freezing point. The goal in his case would be to create an insulating ice shield that can save crops, farmers say.
Meanwhile regular folk are reminded to follow the “Four P’s” of cold weather safety:
Protect People: Pay careful attention to children and the elderly. They are especially vulnerable to the cold and the least able to protect themselves. Dress in layers and wear a hat that covers your ears.
Protect Plants: Bring potted plants indoors. Keep outdoor plants and trees watered.
Protect Pets: Bring all pets indoors. Pets that must be left outside should have an enclosed shelter with the entrance facing away from the wind.
Protect Against Fires In The Home: Take the time to prepare and inspect heating equipment before using. According to the National Fire Protection Association, incorrect use of heating equipment is the leading cause of home fires. Space heaters and candles should be kept away from curtains and furniture and out of the reach of small children and pets. Charcoal or other fuel-burning devices that produce carbon monoxide should never be used indoors. Officials also recommend the use of carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of your home. Also, avoid using an extension cord with space heaters.