Due to the incoming cold weather, Okaloosa and Walton Counties will be opening shelters.
Okaloosa Public Safety issued a statement regarding the high winds and low temperatures expected today and tomorrow.
"Temperatures are expected to reach the freezing threshold in coastal portions of our County with values of 21-28 (degrees) inland," said Patrick Maddox, Chief of Emergency Management for Okaloosa County in an email.
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"Our strategic partners will open two cold weather shelters due to the National Weather Service’s forecast of temperatures below 40 degrees in Okaloosa County, reaching in the mid-20 degree range near the coast with 20-30 mph winds," according the statement issued by Public Safety.
Additionally, One Hopeful Place in south Okaloosa County is in need of blankets and volunteers to transport donated items. People interested in volunteering can call (850) 586-7879.
Walton County shelter
Defuniak Springs Community Center
361 N. 10th Street in Defuniak Springs
Open from 5:30 p.m.-7a.m. tomorrow
North Okaloosa County shelter
Crestview Area Homeless Shelter "Helping Hands House"
120 Duggan Avenue in Crestview
Open 6 p.m.- 8 a.m. the following morning Tuesday, and Wednesday
South Okaloosa County shelter
One Hopeful Place
1564 Percy L Coleman Road in Fort Walton Beach
Open 4:30 p.m.- 8 a.m. the following morning Tuesday and Wednesday.
**Note bus stop pick up locations for One Hopeful Place only:
4:00 p.m. — Methodist Church, 103 First Street, Fort Walton Beach
4:30 p.m. — Walmart, 748 Beal Parkway, Fort Walton Beach
5:00 p.m. — Methodist Church, 103 First Street, Fort Walton Beach