TAMPA — With temperatures in some areas expected to drop into the 30-degree range, Hillsborough County on Wednesday plans to open its cold weather shelters. The following locations will offer overnight shelter for the homeless and those without adequate heat in their homes.
• Brandon Community Center, 510 E Sadie St., Brandon. Opens at 6 p.m. for adults and families with children. Call (813) 635-8179.
• Metropolitan Ministries, 2010 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Opens at 4 p.m. for families. Call (813) 209-1077.
• Salvation Army, 1514 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Opens at 4 p.m. for adults. Call (813) 221-4440.
• Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road, Town 'N Country. Opens at 6:30 p.m. for adults and families. Call (813) 554-5064.
• Wimauma Community Center, 5705 Hillsborough St., Wimauma. Opens at 6 p.m. for adults and families. Call (813) 635-3500.
The Brandon, Jackson Springs and Wimauma locations also are seeking donations of cold-weather clothing, blankets, disposable plates and utensils. Anyone who wants to make a donation should contact the individual shelters.
Pinellas County does not plan to open cold weather shelters this week, said county spokesman Tom Iovino.
"It's going to be close, but it's not going to meet the threshold," he said.
In St. Petersburg, temperatures are expected to drop to an overnight low of 47; in Clearwater they're predicted to hit 44. The air is likely to be warmer in Pinellas than in other parts of the Tampa Bay area because the county is surrounded on three sides by water, said Iovino, noting that Pinellas is usually the last county in the region to open cold weather shelters.