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Freezing temperatures trigger emergency homeless shelters to open in Apopka and Orange County

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The National Weather Service is projecting a low pressure center will develop off the Florida east coast Friday, then intensify into a powerful winter storm as it moves northeast off the eastern U.S. seaboard. The storm will drag a strong cold front through Central Florida Friday evening, followed by the coldest air of the season, which will impact the area Friday night through Sunday night.

Because of the potentially freezing weather, an emergency shelter is opening for the homeless at First Presbyterian Church Apopka, 500 South Highland Avenue.

The shelter will open Friday at 8 pm until 8 am Saturday, and then Saturday at 8 pm until Sunday at 8 am.

Salvation Army hosting other Orange County shelters

Emergency shelters are opening their doors for those needing a warm place to stay throughout Orange County during this cold spell.

The Salvation Army is offering overnight shelter for men and women looking to get out of the cold. The Men's Shelter is at 624 Lexington Avenue, and the Women and Children's Shelter is at 400 West Colonial Drive – both in Orlando.

People can check-in for the night starting at 4:30 pm.

There are also tents set up for overflow sheltering, which the Salvation Army has had since the onset of COVID-19, to allow for more social distancing. With these in place, the shelter usually houses 50 or 60 additional people when the temperature falls.

The overflow emergency shelter opens up when the temperature drops to near 40 degrees.

​There is also a soup kitchen through the Salvation Army, which serves daily meals from the men's shelter from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm, every day of the year.

The Salvation Army stated the emergency shelter will be open Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday night. The shelter could be open beyond that, but officials are waiting to see just how those temps look later in the week. 

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