Bay area farmers prepare for freezing temps

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Bradenton, Florida -- Parts of the Bay area could see temperatures around 30 degrees in coming days, temperatures that can cause devastation for many farmers.

Strawberries decorate the fields in East Bradenton, and that's why crews will be working around the clock to make sure they are safe.

Farmer Tom O'Brien knows mother nature can be unpredictable.

"It worries the heck out of us," says O'Brien, with O'Brien Family Farms.

That's why although he may be in a sleeveless shirt today, he's pulling out the jackets for his hundreds of acres of crops.

"We spent about $200,000 on these cloths," says O'Brien.

A couple years back, O'brien says crops were destroyed by cold temperatures, costing him millions of dollars in damage.

"We'll check all the pumps and make sure everything's running," says O'Brien, making sure he's prepared for whatever deep freeze mother nature blows his way.

Although it will mean many sleepless nights for many Bay area farmers, they say it's worth it as long as their crops don't freeze.

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