With Hurricane Irene quickly approaching the States, South Florida grower fear its winds will damage their crops even though Irene is still about 150 miles east of Miami. Irene is projected to hit land in North Carolina and travel up the coast on land to Virginia this weekend. News reports say 8 people are already injured in Florida with a possibility one might be dead. The estimated damage Irene could cost the East Coast is about $13.9 billion in insured losses and $20 billion in overall economic losses due to lost hours at work, power outages, interruption of shipping and airline traffic. But this hurricane is possibly going to be as strong as a category 2 when it reaches Long Island, NY. Reports say this will not be as bad as Hurricane Katrina but it is being compared to Hurricane Gloria. Check out http://www.fema.gov/ if you need any information on how to prepare for any natural disaster.
Be safe everyone!