Freeze warnings lead to cold weather shelters opening across bay area

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:


Pasco County:

Shelters open at 6 p.m.

1) Community Congregational Church

    6533 Circle Dr.  Port Richey                 

   *No Families



2.)  The Holy Ground Shelter

    8835 Denton Avenue Hudson                   

   *Families accepted


3) The Christian Church

     34921 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills               

    *Families accepted

     (813) 810-8670


Hillsborough County:

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.

     Phone: 813-635-8179


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


3.)Salvation Army

     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.

     Phone: 813-554-5064


5.) Wimauma Community Center

     5705 Hillsborough St. in Wimauma

     This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for adults and families.

    Phone: 813-635-3500


Pinellas County

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

Capacity: 75


2.)Clearwater Back-up Shelter       

St. Cecelia Catholic Church

820 Jasmine Way

Clearwater, FL 33756

Church Phone: (727) 447-3494

Capacity: 40


Pinellas Park

3.)Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park

7790 61st St. N.

Pinellas Park, FL 33781

Phone: (727) 574-5437

Capacity: 250


NOTE: Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St. Petersburg St. Vincent DePaul will be provided by Boley, Inc. 


St. Petersburg

4.)Northwest Presbyterian Church

6330 54th Ave. N.

St. Petersburg, FL  33706

Church Phone: (727) 544-4551        

Capacity: 75


5.)Salvation Army

1400 4th St. S. St. Petersburg, FL  33701   

Phone: (727) 822-4954        

Capacity: 25


6.)The Turning Point

1810 5th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Phone: (727) 823-7811

Capacity: 25


 Tarpon Springs

7.)St. Timothy's Lutheran Church

812 E. Tarpon Ave. Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Phone: (727) 479-2914

Capacity: 45         




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