Hillsborough and Pasco Counties opened up cold weather shelters as the temperature continued to drop Monday night, projected to dip near freezing.
The lower-than-normal temperatures combined with strong winds could produce dangerous wind chills,. Residents who must be outside overnight or during the early morning hours are encouraged to dress in several warm layers, and limit skin exposure to the wind.
All cold weather shelters are also accepting donations, such as hats, gloves, scarves, socks, blankets, disinfectant wipes and spray, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, disposable cups, coffee, creamer, paper plates, paper towels, plastic utensils, and sugar.
The following shelters are open in Hillsborough County for individuals and families: Brandon Community Center, 510 E. Sadie St., (813) 635-8179; Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road, Town ‘N Country, (813) 554-5004; Hands of Hope Outreach at New Hope @ the Cornerstone, 310 N. Collins St., Plant City; (813) 323-4013; and Wimauma Senior Center, 5714 North St., (813) 671-7672. The Salvation Army at 1514 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, is open for adults.
In West Pasco, families can call the United Way at 2-1-1. Joining Hands Missions is open for individuals at 3333 U.S. Highway 19 N, Suite 1, Holiday.
In East Pasco, people are encouraged to call Restored Hope at (352) 437-4815 or Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills at 813-810-8670.
All cold weather shelters will close Tuesday at 7 a.m.