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June 7, 2005

Albany-- The cost of some food may spike again this summer and fall if forecasts of another bad hurricane season come true.

At The Rocket in Albany, owner Tim Underwood buys produce from South Georgia farmers. He spends thousands of dollars a month on everything from lettuce to bell peppers and onions. Last hurricane season, he saw prices increase tremendously.

"Tomatoes which in the summertime are in the 15 to 18 dollar range for a bushel of about 25 to 35 pounds of tomatoes spiked to over 65 dollars," says Underwood.

Underwood says he's bracing for this hurricane season, especially after hearing the forecast that there could be up to 15 named storms hitting. He hopes that weather won't hit his pockets.

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