Marion County

Marion County to open cold weather shelter Monday evening as temperatures drop overnight

OCALA, Fla. — With temperatures expected to drop overnight in Central Florida, officials in Marion County are opening a cold weather shelter.

Temperatures in Marion County are expected to reach the high 30s and low 40s Monday night and into Tuesday morning, with a slight wind chill.

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Due to the lower temperatures, county leaders are expecting an influx of people seeking shelter.

Officials said the Salvation Army will have sheltering accommodations in place for the upcoming cold weather for those that need to seek refuge.

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The Marion County Emergency Management Division will be working with the Salvation Army, Interfaith, the Continuum of Care group and other community partners to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals and families that require the need for cold weather sheltering.

The Salvation Army shelter location will be at 320 NW First Ave. in Ocala, and have a check-in time at 6:30 p.m.

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County leaders are reminding residents to practice fire safety and to protect people, pets and plants during the cold weather.

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