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Florida Orange Production Hits Lowest Point Since 1945 After Hurricane Irma

Disease, Hurricane Irma and freezing weather have left Florida oranges in tatters.

As Hurricane Irma receded and the sun came out, it became apparent the citrus industry had taken a major hit. The storm ripped millions of dollars worth of oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines from the trees and left the fruit to rot in standing water. It is estimated that Hurricane Irma blew over 50-90% of the citrus business in Florida. The state commissioner of agriculture, Adam Putnam, has estimated that the high winds and pounding rain caused nearly $760 million in damages.

Officials are calling this the worst year for Florida oranges since 1945.

ABC News' chief meteorologist, Ginger Zee, has been reporting on the plight of the oranges:

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