Tonight’s predicted near-record low temperatures have prompted Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties to open cold-weather shelters.
Staff at Rabbits, Inc. set rope around columns of strawberry crops to cover them with plastic tarps, and protect the plants from frost and freeze. FILE
The shelters in each county will open at 6 p.m.
Pasco County Transportation provides free service to the shelters during normal operating hours. Riders should tell the driver when boarding that they are en route to a cold-weather shelter.
Pinellas County shelter guests will be provided a hot meal tonight and breakfast on Wednesday morning. Families will be placed motels or family shelters. For questions, contact Cliff Smith at (727) 698-1809 or (727) 893-7627 or Rhonda Abbott at (727) 424-1355 or (727) 528-5762.
A cold front that moved through the region Monday is bringing arctic air with the possibility of a freeze and hazardous wind-chill conditions. The conditions can be dangerous, especially to children, the elderly and pets.
A freeze warning is in effect for Hernando County tonight into Wednesday morning. The forecast low is expected to fall to 29, with a wind chill in the high teens and 20s. A small craft advisory in effect through Wednesday afternoon.
♦ Impact Family Church, 8020 Washington St., Port Richey; phone number (727) 434-2176.
♦ Holy Ground Shelter, 8835 Denton Ave., Hudson; phone number (727) 863-9123.
♦ Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S. Ft. Harrison Ave., Clearwater; phone number (727) 442-3677
♦ Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park, 7790 61st St. N.; phone number (727) 574-5437
♦ Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6330 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg; phone number (727) 544-4551
(Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St. Petersburg will be provided by Boley, Inc. )
♦ Salvation Army, 1400 4th St. S., St. Petersburg; phone number (727) 822-4954
♦ The Turning Point, 1810 5th Ave. N., St Petersburg; phone number (727) 823-7811
♦ St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church. 812 E. Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs; phone number (727) 937-3503
Men’s shelter: 1090 Mondon Hill Road, Brooksville; phone number (352) 799-2912, ext. 103
Women’s shelter: 1163 Howell Ave., Brooksville; phone number (352) 799-2912, ext. 109
Individuals who need to seek shelter from the cold may contact Jericho Road Ministries.