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Weather affecting construction crews

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Wind caused a problem for local construction crews in the area Thursday. Most crews would normally get the day off in weather like this. Although weather does limit the types of jobs crews perform, there is still plenty of work to be done. At first glance the building skeleton on Third and Grace streets looked like an abandoned construction site Thursday. But look through the rain and wind and occasional sparks showed signs of work on the projects lower levels. The National Weather Service said these conditions usually cause problems for sites like this. Steven Pfaff of the NWS said, “We do have problems with the strong winds on a day like this for those areas that are under construction, unsupported walls, those buildings that aren't completed yet.” McKinley Building Corporation owner Ken Dull said he would not have his men working on higher levels in this type of weather. “I can tell you, I was up there a little earlier today and yesterday, and that's not a condition that you want to be in. Especially right this minute with the wind blowing and the rain coming in.” said Dull. Pfaff said that is a good thing because the wind usually hits the highest speeds above the eighth floor. “The wind increases because there's a lack of friction at those levels. Whereas at the surface the wind is being slowed down by trees, by buildings, other structures.” Even though the wind and rain prevent construction companies from working on the top floors of their projects, there is always work to be done. “The first thing to do on a day like today is to secure all the loose debris because usually high winds aren't the problem, it’s something blown by the high winds that hits you.” said Dull. He said his men only stop working in extreme conditions. Mr. Dull said they factor bad weather days in when they make their estimates for how long a project will take, so a few days like Thursday should not push back their deadline

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