Meteorologists are forecasting a hard freeze this morning in rural Sarasota. That means temperatures are expected to stay at 27 degrees (or lower) for at least 3 hours. That's enough to damage or kill many of the tropical plants, which can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. So, when Mother Nature gets like this, many Floridians go on the offensive and cover their plants and trees with sheets and blankets -- anything to protect them from the direct cold. I spotted these plants already covered at lunchtime in downtown. Hopefully, it'll be enough to protect them.