The Source and Salvation Army are opening a cold weather shelter on Friday and Saturday as temperatures drop into the 30s. There are also wind chill advisories in Indian River County and Brevard County.
The Salvation Army, located at 2655 5th Street SW, Vero Beach, will be their shelter for the first 40 people who arrive. Entry starts at 6 p.m. each night, and the facility will close at 7 a.m. the following morning.
Dinner will be served nightly, followed by a light breakfast in the morning.
The Red Cross and United Way support the Salvation Army through financial and other donations.
The Source will also have their 36-bed Dignity Bus activated for cold weather shelter starting at 9 p.m. each night. The Dignity Bus is located at 1015 Commerce Avenue in Vero Beach.
Indian River County and Brevard County Emergency Management Officials for Indian River County and Brevard County are reminding citizens to protect their pets and plants from frigid weather and to check on people who might be vulnerable.
Please exercise caution if using a space heater, ensuring the unit is placed away from furniture and low-hanging drapes.
Earlier today, a cold front moved through the area bringing colder temperatures for tonight and Saturday. Friday’s low is expected to be near 39 degrees.
The high for Saturday will only be 57 degrees, with winds at 15 mph and gusts as high as 25 mph.
“Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills in the lower 30s for several hours tonight into early Saturday morning,” the National Weather Service said in a statement.
The agency also warns that the cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Make sure you dress appropriately for the cold weather, including a coat, a hat, and gloves.
The Wind Chill Advisory is from 12 a.m. until 10 a.m. Saturday.