SARASOTA COUNTY - A predicted drop in temperatures to the low
30s has Sarasota County Emergency Management officials reminding residents to
be prepared and use caution both indoors and outside.
The National Weather Services is advising that a cold front will
clear the region later today, bringing in a much colder air mass. Overnight,
low temperatures will range from the mid-30s around Tampa Bay and the I-4
corridor, to the upper 30s south of I-4. When combined with breezy north winds,
minimum wind chills will range from the low 20s and upper teens north of I-4 to
the low to mid 20s elsewhere.
"It is important that the community prepare for colder than
usual conditions by taking precautions to protect their homes, families and
pets," stressed Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane.
Sarasota County has coordinated with the Salvation Army and Faith
Based Partners to provide cold weather sheltering for those in need. The
following shelters will be open today:
Salvation Army - Center of Hope, 1400 Tenth St., Sarasota.
The Salvation Army's front porch opens at 4 p.m., with intake expected to begin
at 6:30 p.m.; the front porch will re-open at 4:30 a.m. and remain open until 5
a.m., when the welcome center opens.
Grace United Methodist Church, 400 East Field Ave., Venice, will
open at 5 p.m.
New Hope Community Church, 5600 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port, will
open at 8:30 p.m.
Pets should not be left outside during the cold weather. Citizens
who need to be outside overnight or during the early morning hours are
encouraged to dress in several warm layers and limit skin exposure to the wind.
Fire officials advise citizens to use caution when heating their
home as the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning increase during very
cold weather due to the improper use of heating devices, so extreme caution is
"Never use propane or gas heaters indoors and be sure that
electric space heaters are free from obstructions and are not located where
they can be knocked over by children or pets. Always keep all flammable objects
away from any heating devices," said McCrane.
For more information visit the county's website
at www.scgov.net, keyword