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The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for early Thursday morning for Bladen County and surrounding areas.

Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 27 are expected along portions of southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina from 1 a.m. until 9 a.m. Thursday.

Frost and freeze conditions will kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Outdoor pets and livestock susceptible to the cold may need access to covered or insulated shelters.

A free warning is issued when significant, widespread freezing temperatures are expected. A freeze watch, which was issued earlier this week, is issued when there is a potential for significant, widespread freezing temperatures within the next 24-36 hours and plants and crops may be damaged.

The weather alert recommends to take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.


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