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Cold temperatures make working outside difficult

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While most folks along the gulf coast spent Tuesday, January 02, 2018 trying to stay warm, for some it was tougher than others.  Those working outside had to contend with freezing temperatures and a frigid wind chill.  In Orange Beach, many residents woke to no heat due to a power outage.

A new home under construction in Spanish Fort is scheduled for completion by the end of the month.  With that deadline fast approaching, contractors with JMW Building and Remodeling couldn’t let a few cold mornings get in the way of getting the job done.  That being said, the cold was make the work more difficult.

“It’s like everything is cold man.  You cannot work fast,” said JMW contractor, Gustavo Geronimo.  “It’s too cold and the things over here, you’ve got to keep moving so you can produce heat on your body because if not, you just keep sitting so we just try to keep moving.”

A couple of miles away at the Malbis Car Wash, work also continued.  The wash normally opens at 6:00 a.m., but with morning temps in the low twenties it took a few hours to clear the ice from the tracks and warm up enough to run cars through.

“Dealing with the cold, ice and things, it was hard for us to open as early as we do at six so we pushed back time to give us time to wake up and open up and get our body warm,” said car wash employee, Sequan Hudson.  “Due to the temperature, it’s still cold as it is, but we’re doing what we can to get cars in and out as we do.”

While some folks were headed to work outdoor, others in Orange Beach were waking up to no heat.  That’s because of a power outage to a substation due to a broken power line.  That caused an outage to about 1,300 meters.  It took several hours to get power restored to all customers.  Baldwin EMC officials say that’s because they had to bring customers on one section at a time to avoid overloading the system.  

The city of Orange Beach opened a shelter in case folks needed to escape the cold.

“It didn’t have any usage, but we’re always conscious of the fact that with these cold temperatures, anybody, anywhere could be under freezing conditions so we wanted to give them the option,” explained Ken Grimes with the city of Orange Beach.

Geronimo said the best tip for staying warm if you have to be outside is to layer up.

“One, two, three, four, five, six…six man,” Geronimo said of his layers up top.  “Man, I’ve got like five pair of socks on my feet and it’s still cold man.”

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