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Shelters open as temperatures drop

Emergency cold weather shelters will open in Pinellas County tonight as near-freezing temperatures are expected.

"We're not looking for a freeze. But it could feel nippy with the winds blowing," said Sanford Garrard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

Forecasters predict that temperatures will drop into the mid-30s tonight throughout the Tampa Bay area except for the immediate coastline, where temperatures may hover near 40.

Sunday night should be a bit warmer, with temperatures dipping into the low to middle 40s. That's still colder than the average low temperature this time of year, which is about 50 degrees.

Pinellas' cold weather shelters include the Turning Point at 1801 Fifth Ave. N in St. Petersburg; Northwest Presbyterian Church at 6330 54th Ave. N in St. Petersburg; St. Cecelia Catholic Church at 820 Jasmine Way in Clearwater; and First United Methodist Church at 501 E Tarpon Ave. in Tarpon Springs.

Motorcyclist killed in collision near track

ST. PETERSBURG _ A 34-year-old St. Petersburg man was killed when a car leaving the Derby Lane greyhound track pulled in front of his motorcycle Tuesday night, authorities said.

Edward "Eddie" Palmer was riding his Honda motorcycle east on Gandy Boulevard in the right lane about 11:30 when he collided with a car coming out of Derby Lane.

The car's driver was Richard James Hogan, 55, of St. Petersburg. No charges had been filed as of Friday, the FHP said.

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