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Hurricanes to affect production on both coasts

Hurricane Michael is expected to do serious damage to northern Florida and southern Georgia growing areas.wear

Quincy, FL, and Bainbridge, GA, will take the brunt of this storm. These major fall veg growing regions are expecting more than seven inches of rain tonight with 60 mile per hour winds. There could be a total loss of production — tomatoes, Bell peppers, squash, beans, cukes, eggplant and corn — out of these areas.

Moultrie, GA, is expected to receive in excess of five inches of rain and winds of 40 miles per hour. This is another growing region for fall veg.

Quitman, GA, is expected to see 2.5 inches of rain and winds of only 40 miles per hour. Bell peppers and cukes are coming out of this area. It is possible that these crops can withstand the storm.

Farther down the Florida peninsula major growing regions are expected to see very little effect from this storm. Palmetto/Ruskin area is expecting a total of less than an inch of rain, and Immokalee is only expecting half an inch; they will see some winds up to 25 miles per hour throughout the area.

Arkansas and Alabama is will see only light rain and no wind from the storm, Tennessee is expecting up to an inch of rain across the eastern end of the state and no wind, and North Carolina will up to three inches of rain but no wind.

Hurricane Sergio in the Pacific is turning west toward Baja Mexico. It is expected to cross over southern Baja Thursday evening and then move onto mainland Mexico and over Hermosillo, Sonora on Friday, where it will dump more than three inches of rain, which could affect Bell peppers, corn, beans, squash and melons.

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)