Week 2, Day 1 – Chilly winds, fine sugar sand blow on Habitat building site in Sebring


JimmySmithJulianneCraneMoppingSebring.The severe winter weather affecting the Midwest and East coast has blasted its way into Florida.

Today on the Highlands County Habitat for Humanity build in Sebring, Fl., the relentless chilly winds blowing in out of the northwest resulted in a mini sandstorm on the work site … making it an unpleasant day.

Once again I continued scrapping, sweeping and mopping concrete floors.  Jimmy Smith joined RV Care-a-Vanner Cheryl LaBrake, of Dover, Del, and me part of the morning on House 2.

In the afternoon Jimmy worked with the crew that was erecting Glulam beams (glued laminated timber) on the 7th house under construction. Strong winds added to the challenges.

Tonight, according to Weather Underground, temperatures in central Florida will be “falling into the lower and middle 20s combined with winds around 10 mph will create dangerously low wind chill values in the 15 to 20 degree range overnight into Tuesday morning.”

We are camped at the 4-H Camp Cloverleaf about 10 miles south of Sebring. It sits between Lake Placid and acres of orange groves. Just moments ago some type of machinery started up in an attempt to save the citrus crop from tonight’s freeze.

So much for escaping to Florida for warm, sunny days.

Photo: Jimmy Smith and Julianne Crane mopping House 2 on Habitat build in Sebring, Fl. (Cheryl LaBrake)

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