Citrus Emergency in California
The freezing weather already has driven up the price of citrus fruits and other produce, which might cost consumers two or three times more this season.
The cold spell is expected to ease today, but estimates put the statewide damage at up to $1 billion, including damage to oranges, lemons, avocados, strawberries and other fruits. Some farmers expect to lose up to 70 percent of their crop, which prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to proclaim a state of emergency in 10 counties Tuesday and ask the federal government to speed aid to affected farmers.