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A few businesses still open in Okaloosa County

Well, Okaloosa County was no exception to the icy conditions across the Florida Panhandle.
   
Channel Three's Rob Brown kept an eye on the county today, and caught up with some people at one of the few businesses that stayed open, who were trying to stay warm

Well this morning the county was cold, and by mid-afternoon, the freezing rain helped coat it in ice.
We saw it hanging off of street signs, cars, and power poles.
Many businesses throughout the county were closed to allow employees to get and stay home safely.
But a few brave souls worked registers to give others a place to go.

Throughout Okaloosa County, businesses sat empty.
Many employers, including Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base, sent workers home, so they didn't have to drive during dangerous conditions later in the day.
But a few places stayed open, to give those seeking shelter from the cold a place to go.

Chris Carver "I came to just hang out with my friends before I have to go to work later tonight. I'm just, you know, trying to get out of the cold, stay away from the sleet, and try not to freeze up my car too much."

Chris Carver and a few of his friends were just some of those gathered at the Hot Spot Coffee Shop in Crestview.
He says he's not surprised that most doors had a closed sign hanging.

Chris Carver "Florida's not really used to the cold, icy weather. And so when they get the ice and the snow, they said they expected three to five inches, and so they probably all just flipped it and just freaked out."

Some visiting the area may not have expected this weather.

Scott Valicoff "It's been..not Florida weather. It's not what I was expecting, that's for sure."

Scott Valicoff is visiting the area, and staying in a hotel.
He says he's dealt with a cold climate before, but wasn't prepared for this winter blast.
He's not surprised businesses were closed, but was grateful the coffee shop gave him a place to go.

Scott Valicoff "Yeah, a lot of places were closed. This was one of the only ones we could find that was open, so somewhere we could actually sit down and hang out instead of being cooped up in a hotel room."

While businesses decide how to handle the weather, we're keeping an eye on roads and bridges throughout the area.

So far none have been reported as frozen over, but we'll bring you that information if it changes.
Reporting live in Okaloosa County, Rob Brown, Channel Three News.