Freeze warnings lead to cold weather shelters opening across bay area
9:55 PM, Feb 16, 2013
9:55 PM, Feb 16, 2013
TAMPA BAY - The bay area can expect to see chilling temps this weekend. According to Action Weather meteorologist, Wayne Shattuck, Citrus, Hernando, Sumter and Pasco counties are all under a freeze warning for Saturday night.
The rest of the Tampa bay area is under a wind chill advisory, meaning that a gusty wind could make the temperature feel as cold as 20 to 30 degrees.
With the cold temperatures come health risks and precautions citizens should take. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) suggest the following safety tips for a cold snap:
1.) Stay inside and use heating sources
2.) Keep heating sources such as space heaters away from flammable items.
3.) Wear multiple layers of clothing including hats and gloves when going outside.
Plants and pets should also be kept in indoors if possible.
Due to the cold temperatures Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties have opened cold weather shelters.
The following is a breakdown of the locations for each counties open shelters:
Shelters open at 6 p.m.
1) Community Congregational Church
6533 Circle Dr. Port Richey
2.) The Holy Ground Shelter
8835 Denton Avenue Hudson
3) The Christian Church
34921 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills
1.)Brandon Community Center,
510 E. Sadie St. in Brandon
This shelter opens at 5:30 p.m. and is for homeless individuals and families with children in the Brandon Area.
2.) Metropolitan Ministries
2010 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is for families.
After hours phone: 813-209-1077
1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is only for adults.
After hours phone: 813-221-4440
4.) Jackson Springs Recreation Center
8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town 'N Country
This shelter opens at 6:30 p.m. and is for adults and families.
5.) Wimauma Community Center
5705 Hillsborough St. in Wimauma
This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for adults and families.
All Pinellas shelters will open at 6 p.m. and will accept guests all night. The shelters will close at 6 a.m. the following morning.
1.)Clearwater Primary Shelter
Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church
110 S. Ft. Harrison Ave. Clearwater, FL 33756
Church Phone: (727) 442-3677
2.)Clearwater Back-up Shelter
St. Cecelia Catholic Church
820 Jasmine Way
Clearwater, FL 33756
Church Phone: (727) 447-3494
3.)Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park
7790 61st St. N.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Phone: (727) 574-5437
NOTE: Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St. Petersburg St. Vincent DePaul will be provided by Boley, Inc.