It's Going to Be 40 Degrees This Weekend in South Florida
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People in more northern climes are probably ROFLMFAOing at us, but Broward County has declared a "cold weather emergency" from Saturday evening until Monday morning, according to a media release from the county.
A news release said temps would be in the 40s, while the National Weather Service published a "Hazardous Weather Outlook" that said wind chills could get as low as the mid 30s around Lake Okeechobee Saturday — likely the coldest night of the year. The NWS also predicted "very hazardous marine conditions," gale warnings, high seas and wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour Saturday.
At Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport, 100 flights have been delayed and 75 cancelled so far. Flight status can be checked at this link.
Most of us can pull out those Uggs for their once-a-year appearance, but for homeless people, it's more stressful. The county will be picking up those needing shelter and bringing them to safe housing. Other experts have advised making sure that pets are kept warm weekend. You might also want to watch for frozen, cold-blooded iguanas falling out of trees.
Here's the full release from the county:
The National Weather Service is forecasting low temperatures, including wind chill, in the mid-40s in the Broward metro areas overnight on Saturday, January 23 and Sunday, January 24, 2016.
As a result of this forecast, Broward County has declared a Cold Weather Emergency from 6:30PM, Saturday, January 23rd to 7AM, Monday, January 25th.
Homeless persons are advised to report to the following locations no later than 6:30PM on Saturday and Sunday nights for transportation or access to special cold night shelters:
• Pompano Beach
Pompano Beach City Hall
100 W. Atlantic Blvd. (Southeast Corner)
Pickup Location only
• Fort Lauderdale
The Salvation Army
1445 West Broward Blvd.
Shelter and Pickup Location
Broward Outreach Center
2056 Scott St.
Shelter Location only
However, if the weather forecast changes to predict warmer or colder conditions, cold weather emergency shelter nights may be canceled or extended. If there are any changes to this declaration, they will be issued no later than 1PM on the date of the event.
If you have any questions or need additional information on the plan for your area, contact Michael Wright, Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership Administration, 954-357-6167 or 954-802-4512 (cell). You may also call 2-1-1, 954-537-0211 or 1-888-537-0211.
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