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Hypothermia Concerns In Bitter Cold

Buncombe County's Public Health Director says the bitter cold is dangerous, especially if you ignore the warning signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
"Weakness, dizziness, confusion, things that tell us that your body isn't working properly," Gibby Harris tells us. "And quite often people don't realize that they're experiencing hypothermia. "

"Schedule your time so that you're only out short periods of time," she advises. "You go back inside to get warm. It's that continuous time outside that creates the problem for us."

Folks shivered their way through Downtown Asheville. The cold was a hot topic across town.

"I'm just afraid of the wind knocking me down," says one woman.

"I was saying it's cold! It helps to keep on moving," a delivery worker told us.
Maintenance worker Steve Thompson was busy clearing the corner in front of Wells Fargo on Haywood Street.

"Oh yeah, I love the cold weather, I'm in my element," Thompson says, always aware of when he should take a break. "When you get numb, skin starts burning, go in and warm up a little."
Common sense that experts agree with.


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