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Cold weather workers

OKALOOSA COUNTY - The cold and wind made it a long day for people who work outside. Lots of people have no choice but to brave the elements.

Laura Hussey "Look at those plants bending in the wind. We're at Destin on the Gulf condos, and if you think it's bad here, imagine what it's like seven stories up"

The crew from Destin Premier Carpet Cleaning is getting condos ready for the holidays. No matter how high the job, they have to haul their hoses from the ground up. The higher you go, the heavier they get. And you can't ignore the temperature.

David Rounsaville "It's extremely cold. Once you get up about 9 or 10 floors on these buildings, you really feel that 30 mile an hour wind"

The wind complicates everything. Owner David Rounsaville says it makes the equipment risky to work with.

David Rounsaville "We have to secure it in several spots coming down. Oherwise you could have this huge whiplash and injure someone"

At the intersection of Eglin Parkway and Racetrack Road, Grant Tucker is proving you can use a fur hat in Florida. He says between insulated clothes and constant movement, he does alright in the cold. But he could do without the wind.

Grant Tucker "It's just hard to deal with 'cause I have to hold that sign, and that sign is doing a lot of that"

Inside the Precision Tune garage, mechanics are bundled up against the breeze that blows through the open doors.

Like Rounsaville and his crew, they knew what was in store when they got up this morning.

David Rounsaville "You have to do it. If I don't do it, my competitor will"