TAMPA — Plummeting temperatures led county officials to open five cold weather shelters for the homeless and residents without adequate heat Friday afternoon.
Shelters are opened when temperatures are predicted to drop to 32 degrees or below including wind chill, Hillsborough County officials said.
Metropolitan Ministries, 20120 N Florida Ave., and Salvation Army, 1514 N Florida Ave., both opened doors at 4 p.m. The Salvation Army Shelter is for adults only, while Ministries will take in families.
In eastern Hillsborough, the Brandon Community Center at 510 E Sadie St. in Brandon, opened at 5:30 p.m. and the Wimauma Community Center, 5705 Hillsborough St. in Wimauma, opens at 6 p.m.
Town 'N Country's Jackson Springs Recreation Center at 8620 Jackson Springs Road will be the last to open its doors at 6:30 p.m. and will take in single adults and families.
Last year, cold weather shelters were open eight days, assisting 1,599 people.