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Freeze warning issued for parts of Big Bend, South Georgia

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Posted at 3:01 PM, Nov 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 09:19:46-05

(WTXL) — A freeze warning has been issued for Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee.

Gadsden, Liberty, Jackson, Bay, and Calhoun counties are under the warning for the North Florida area while Lowndes, Thomas, Decatur, Grady, Brooks, Tift, Early, Miller, Baker, Mitchell, Colquitt, Cook, Berrien, Seminole, and Lanier counties are under the watch in South Georgia.

A freeze warning means temperatures will dip below freezing with wind chills in the 20's between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation. Here's some tips to get prepared:

PROTECT PEOPLE

  • Keep warm, stay inside if possible.
  • If you need to go out, dress in layers and wear hats, gloves and an appropriate coat.
  • Avoid overexertion, as cold weather puts added strain on your body.
  • Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water.
  • Keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture and drapes.
  • Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
  • PROTECT PLANTS
  • Cover your plants with a frost cloth. If you can't find a frost cloth, a sheet or a blanket works well.
  • If there are potted plants you can't move inside, then move potted plants to a spot where they're protected from the wind
  • Spread at least two to three inches of mulch to protect the roots of plants and trees
  • Use water on plants. Watering your plants actually protects them from the cold.

PROTECT PIPES

  • Disconnect outdoor hoses, drain and store in protected area.
  • Wrap exposed faucets and pipes, including those outside the house or in unheated crawl spaces, attics, garages and other areas.
  • If you have a pool, besides keeping the pump running, make sure all the valves are open as well.

PROTECT PETS

  • Bring pets inside, and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas.
  • Keep adequate food and water available.