Hurricane Irene's aftermath

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Local farmers are predicting an extreme shortage of pumpkins this year and they're blaming Hurricane Irene, the hurricane that swept up the east coast, overflowing rivers and flooding fields and leaving crops buried in mud.

“This is the first year the weather has gotten us better than any other year,” said farmer Louis Rivera.

This fall, retail pumpkin prices could double. But It's not just pumpkins. Most of the Halloween Harvest is impacted. Gourds are moldy and the corn has gotten too much rain.

With one of the few local fig groves around, they're also disappointed at the rain damage here.