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The sun is out, the clouds are not, and temperatures will hit the 70s today. That's quite a change from the dip into the 20s that left frost on windshields and icicles on plants Tuesday morning. Strawberries and other farm produce in the Tampa Bay area weathered the weather well, but string beans and sweet corn in South Florida suffered. In both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, hundreds of homeless sought a warm place in emergency shelters. Energy use was up, though it set no records. Progress Energy said usage was about 25 percent above normal, while TECO said customer use was

DOVER, 7:39 A.M.: Strawberry grower Lane Wetherington checks sprinkler heads and strawberry plants Tuesday morning in his field off Dover Road, where temperatures dropped to 28 degrees. Growers use sprinklers to give berries a protective coating of ice. Wetherington's water was on about nine hours.

up about 20 percent. - MARLON A. WALKER

CLEARWATER, 9:20 A.M.: Frost forms on the edges of some weeds in a yard as temperatures dipped into the 30s Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

NEW PORT RICHEY, 7:25 A.M.: Kris Thompson, 39, stretches toward her next stroke during her morning swim Tuesday at the J.P. Gills YMCA pool. The steam was the result of the 33-degree air mixing with the 79-degree water. "This feels great. It's like bath water," Thompson said.

EAST LAKE, 9:14 A.M.: A cow feeds on frost-coated foliage early Tuesday in a pasture off Old Keystone Road after temperatures plummeted.

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