Florida shivered last night last night as a cold snap set new lows—35 degrees in Ft. Lauderdale—and threatened serious damage to crops. Farmers spent the night in the fields, spraying strawberries and oranges with water to create a protective glaze of ice. In Plant City, dubbed the winter strawberry capital of the world, temperatures hit freezing at midnight, and dropped to 28 by 2:30am.
Meanwhile, local homeless shelters struggled to prepare to house hundreds of people beyond their normal capacity, and the governor has declared a state of emergency. Temperatures should return to the 60s and 70s later today.