Those working outdoors deal with another day of cold weather

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 3, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Andrew Lan is nice and warm inside of the car he's driving. But as a valet, it doesn't last long.

"I have gloves in my bag right now. I have a scarf and everything. It's surprising, this Florida weather," he says.

Lan says it has become a bit rough working outside during the recent cold weather, especially on New Year's Eve.

"That was cold. I was working here, right over there. It was actually a little bit wet, too. So, that was miserable," he says.

John Kravec also has to brave the elements as a valet in Tallahassee.

He said, "It's been rough, I tell you. Here in Florida, I feel like none of us are equipped with the right clothes to go on a couple of weeks with this cold weather. So, it's been rough."

John Ross, a concrete sub-contractor, purposely waited until later in the day to start work Wednesday because of the weather.

He says, "I didn't want to come out here until it warmed above 32. It was too cold to be coming out here when it's lower. I waited a couple hours before I started."

But starting later in the day didn't exactly make a difference.

"It's chilly with all these cars coming by here. It would be alright if these cars weren't coming by at 90 miles an hour, the big trucks," Ross says.

"Just trying to stay warm, that's all," another concrete sub-contractor chimes in.

The men say Wednesday's sunshine helped take a little of the sting out of working outside in the cold.

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Dashing in and out of the office to avoid the cold is not an option for everyone.

People who work outdoors are struggling to keep warm.

"My hands are cold, my feet froze. I got some thick gloves, but they're not thick enough for me," said Quadarius Dugan.

As a chilly breeze blows through the trees, Dugan and his landscaping crew have to prune them.

"You got some people that's dedicated. Some people you got to do just what you got to do. I'm one of those people that's dedicated. Whether it's cold, hot, I'm here," Dugan said.

Although Dugan says it is tough working outside in the cold.

"When you get up in the morning, you look at the news, sometimes you think, 'Oh, it's going to be one heck of a day. It's real cold. It's kind of freezing. Let me hurry up and get this over with where I can rest my fingers and get some heat up on me,'" Dugan explained.

Darius Allen is a construction worker on a site in Tallahassee. "It feels like 20 below zero, especially with the wind," he said. "It's cold out here, man. I wish I could've called in, but I probably wouldn't be on camera now."

Instead of calling in, he got prepared.

"Got to have heavy clothes, jackets, jeans, two pairs of socks, everything. You got to be ready. It's that pneumonia weather. I don't think it's ever been this cold to me in Florida before," Allen said.

The work itself helps in dealing with the frigid temperatures.

Construction worker Johnny Toliver said, "It's cold. I like the work. I don't like inside, I like the outside, even when it feels like this. I'd rather be out here than inside at a job, at a desk anyways."

"Stay warm and get your work done. At the end of the day, go back home to your family." Dugan said.

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