Will Hurricane Irma's impact on the Florida citrus crop be felt in our area?


Since Hurricane Irma, an estimated 50-70% of the citrus crop is a complete loss in the state of Florida. This makes for a harsh economic impact on the state.

Meteorologist Lauren Olesky, from our sister station in West Palm Beach, says that the price of orange juice has sky-rocketed since Irma moved up the peninsula.

"The price of OJ was going up over two dollars a gallon more than what it would normally cost."

Food City Produce Supervisor, Randy Edens, doesn't see that impact immediately here. "Usually, the Florida fruit isn't harvested until the second week of October," Edens tells News 5.

The citrus problem in Florida dates back to a few years ago, well before Hurricane Irma's landfall. Edens says that the problem comes from greening and black spotting on the oranges.

As a result, Food City has had to pull in a lot of their citrus from Texas, California, Mexico, Spain and Chile.

Regardless, some of the orange juice in the grocery store does come from Florida. So will we see that rapid rise in OJ prices?

Edens tells us that it would be more like next season, before we see any increase in orange juice prices.

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