TAMPA — Hillsborough County officials have decided to open cold weather shelters Saturday night for the homeless and those without heaters.
The shelters are:
• Bethune Park Rural Shelter, 5809 Edina St., Wimauma; opens at 6 p.m. for adults and families. Phone: (813) 671-7618
• Brandon Community Center, 510 E. Sadie St., Brandon; opens at 5:30 p.m. for homeless individuals and families in the Brandon area. Phone: (813) 635-8179
• Metropolitan Ministries, 2010 N. Florida Ave., Tampa; opens at 4 p.m. for families. Phone: (813) 209-1077
• Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave., Tampa; opens at 4 p.m., and is only for adults. Phone: (813) 221-4440
With the wind chill, temperatures could feel like they're in the low-to-mid 30s overnight, says Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik. In Tampa, the low is expected to be 44 degrees and winds will die down after midnight, but it will still be breezy with winds blowing about 10 to 12 mph, she said.
Temperatures Sunday may only get up to 59 degrees.
"It's going to be quite chilly," Kacmarik said.
Other counties will also be offering shelter.
People who need to get out of the cold weather in Hernando can contact Jericho Road Ministries, which provides temporary housing and services for the homeless. Jericho Road has separate housing for men and women, and accommodations can be made for families seeking shelter.
Jericho Road's men's chapel is at 1090 Mondon Hill Road in Brooksville. The women's shelter is at 1163 Howell Ave. in Brooksville. Jericho Road Ministries can be reached at (352) 799-2912, ext. 103 for men and ext. 109 for women and families.
In Pasco, people can go to Holy Ground Homeless Shelter. If necessary, transportation can be provided by calling Holy Ground at (727) 863-9123. Holy Ground is located at 8835 Denton Ave. in Hudson. It is on the corner of Denton and U.S. 19.