Shelters open ahead of freezing temps


Columbia, S.C. (WACH) -- A slew of cold weather is headed to the Midlands and shelters are already preparing to open their doors.

The Inclement Weather Center (IWC) will open starting Thursday night, expected to remain open until Monday.

Lauren Wilkie, the Director of Programs for Transitions, says Wednesday already hinted at the freezing temperatures to come.

"We follow the National Weather Service," said Wilkie. "If it's 40 degrees or below, or if it's really rainy and 45 below, then we usually open. So, we do look like we'll be open tomorrow through Monday."

Christoper Lee, who previously stayed at the IWC the last time it was open, says it is extremely important that those who have no place to go find shelter by the time the freezing weather.

"I just tell people to get indoors as fast as possible," said Lee. "Because I've seen people get sick, come down with pneumonia, and die from this weather."

The IWC is a shelter borne out of a partnership between Transitions and the United Way of the Midlands.

Organizers are also planning a forum for Tuesday where local agencies in the area will come together at the IWC to provide resources to those in need.

Transitions is located at 2025 Main Street.

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