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USA - Florida citrus grower surveys damage from Eta

Citrus grower Maury Boyd is one of the unlucky growers in Florida who saw significant damage from tropical storm Eta. The outer bands of the storm blew many Hamlin oranges off their trees in his groves across Collier and Hendry counties, including one known as Orange Hammock, which spans about 350 acres.

The damage could have been much worse if Eta, once a powerful hurricane, hadn’t dropped to tropical storm status before hitting Florida – twice.

Boyd tried to get his insurance company to cover  some of the damages but he says they won’t because the wind speed never reached 58 miles per hour.  He also grows Valencia oranges but says those did not get damaged.

The fact that the storm weakened before reaching Boyd’s groves is both a blessing and a curse. While a hurricane might have caused more damage, it may have enabled the grower to get reimbursed for at least some of his losses.

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