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Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
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Hillsborough opens cold-weather shelters tonight


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Emergency cold weather shelters are going to open tonight in Hillsborough County as near-freezing temperatures return to the area.

The facilities are for the homeless and those who live in homes without adequate heat.

Residents also are reminded to bring pets inside the home.

Airlines cancelled thousands of flights ahead of a storm that is expected to drop a foot of snow in southern New England and the New York area. By 1 p.m., 40 flight delays were reported at Tampa International Airport, with the average delays nearly an hour.

The shelters are:

* Brandon Community Center , 510 E. Sadie St., Brandon. Opens at 6 p.m. and is for homeless individuals and families with children. Phone: 813-635-8179

* Metropolitan Ministries , 2010 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is for families. After hours phone: 813-209-1077.

* Salvation Army , 1514 N. Florida Ave., Tampa. This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is only for adults. After hours phone: 813-221-4440.

* Jackson Springs Recreation Center , 8620 Jackson Springs Road, Town ‘N Country. This shelter opens at 6:30 p.m. and is for adults and families. Phone 813-554-5064

* Wimauma Community Center, 5705 Hillsborough St., Wimauma. This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for adults and families. Phone 813-635-3500

The Brandon Community Center, Jackson Springs Recreation Center, and Wimauma Community Center are also accepting donations of shelter supplies, such as hats, gloves, scarves, blankets, sleeping bags, disinfectant wipes, disposable cups, coffee, creamer, paper plates, plastic utensils and sugar. Donations may be dropped off at shelter sites Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Wimauma site will collect donations at the Ruskin Region Center, 901 Sixth St. SE. in Ruskin.

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