Winter Weather Stuns The Sunshine State

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Cold weather continues to grip the southern part of the United States. The extreme temperatures have been a huge problem for crops in Florida, as snow flurries have been spotted as far south as Orlando. A record low was also set in Miami.

The deep freeze is setting records in many parts of the country. It is hitting many Floridians hard, especially the farmers.

Winters in the Sunshine State are usually mind and sunny, but the record low temperatures have not been good news for citrus growers.

"If something happens we're just on our own," said American Citrus Products Matt Sullivan. "That's part of agriculture."

"We have to prepare for the worse and hope for the best," John Arnold, owner of the Showcase of Citrus company.

"When they freeze, it's done," said 5 Brothers Produce Corporation's Jody Johnson.

It has been so cold in Florida that one zoo closed its doors for the first time in 30 years. Forecasters say the freeze isn't expected to let up until later this week.

Cold Causes Power Outage, Deaths Blamed on Thin Ice

Meanwhile, thousands of airline passengers were stranded at Cleveland's airport due to a power outage.

"I want to go home," one traveler said. "(We're) hoping we would get out, maybe tomorrow. Hopefully."

A number of deaths have been blamed on thin ice. In Salisbury, Vermont, a 50-year-old man along with his daughter and granddaughter died when their snowmobiles sank through fragile ice. And in a suburb north of Atlanta, two teens died after falling through a partially frozen pond.

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