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Florida citrus industry sees little freeze damage

MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida’s orange groves emerged mostly unscathed from unusually low temperatures overnight, the state’s largest growers association said Thursday.

“It looks like we came through it okay and kind of dodged the bullet,” said Andrew Meadows, a spokesman for Florida Citrus Mutual Trade Association.

He said only minimal fruit damage, but no long-term tree damage, was thought to have been caused by sub-freezing temperatures in some orange-growing areas overnight in the nation’s biggest citrus producer.

Reporting by Tom Brown, Editing by John Picinich

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