U.S: Miami's First Cold Weather Death Confirmed

For the first time in recorded history a man has died form cold weather in Miami, Florida.  Cold temperatures and no heat led to hypothermia and death for an elderly man, roommate found unconscious, local media reports.

“The uniqueness of this is that it has been a week. Nobody, none of our old-timers, none of our folks with institutional memory can remember a full week of freezing and subfreezing temperatures.”

Andrew Meadows

(Aricle in English)

A 77-year-old man died of hypothermia Tuesday in what could be considered the first death in Miami that could be attributed to the record cold weather that has lingered in the city.

Wilfredo Arreyes died at Jackson Memorial Hospital and his roommate Miguel Alemon, 93, is still in critical condition after the two spent days in the frigid cold weather with no heat or covers in their apartment on Northwest 10th Avenue and Northwest 2nd Street in Little Havana.

The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office will do an autopsy to determine if something else may have contributed to the Arreyes’ death.

Police and fire rescue officials found the two men inside their apartment huddled together on Friday night. Arreyes was already unconscious and Alemon was semi-conscious, officials said. There was no heat in the apartment and there did not appear to be any covers for the men to get warm.

Temperatures have dipped into the 30s several times over the past two weeks and freeze warnings have been in effect for Miami and other parts of South Florida for a few days now.

Police were notified of the plight of the men by a third roommate, who was out of town and became concerned after he couldn’t get his phone calls answered.

Crops gets destroyed

Florida, being the worlds second largest producer of orange juice is about the get the whole next production destroyed.

The orange seeds can only take a couple of hours of frost, before they become useless.

At the Options and Futures exchange in Chicago the future contracts for frozen orange juice has skyrocket over 90 per cent lately.

It means that the main industry in Florida is heading for a severe difficulties, and the consumers can expect a big hike in prices. Not the best timing in light of the general ongoing economic crisis.

Consumers can expect to pay more for tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, sweet corn and other produce in the coming months thanks to the recent cold snap in Florida.

More than a week of frigid overnight temperatures has devastated crops in south Florida, which is the primary source of fresh vegetables in the United States during the winter months, industry representatives said Tuesday.

And because the cold snap has lingered, growers have had to delay spring planting of some crops, which is expected to also affect availability and prices.

“This is the most devastating freeze we’ve had since the Christmas of 1989,” said J.M. Procacci, CEO of Ag-Mart Produce, one of the state’s top tomato growers. The result, he said, has been the loss of most of the crops in the company’s fields near Immokalee in southwest Florida.

“We will go into the field and start salvaging in the next three or four weeks,” Procacci said, according to MSN Miami.

Substantial Damage

Terry McElroy, spokesman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, said it will be several days or more before anyone has a handle on the extent of the losses and what they’ll mean to growers.

“I don’t think there is an agricultural sector that wasn’t affected, and I think there is going to be substantial damage in many of these,” he said.

Most of Florida’s 570,000 acres of citrus likely will have some freeze damage to fruit or leaves, but how much fruit is affected and whether the cold has damaged trees has yet to be determined, said Andrew Meadows, a spokesman for Florida Citrus Mutual, the state’s largest citrus growers group.

“The uniqueness of this is that it has been a week,” Meadows said. “Nobody, none of our old-timers, none of our folks with institutional memory can remember a full week of freezing and subfreezing temperatures.”

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