Cold weather shelters opening across South Mississippi

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(WXXV) — A blast of arctic air has prompted several South Mississippi cold weather shelters to open as temperatures drop below freezing.

HANCOCK COUNTY

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Bay St. Louis: The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency in coordination with the Old Spanish Trail Baptist Church will open a cold weather shelter from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Monday Jan 20 and Tuesday Jan 21. at the Old Spanish Trail Baptist Church at 5078 Highway 90 Bay St. Louis, MS 39520.

Authorities say if someone needs a ride to the shelter, contact Hancock County Dispatch at 228-255-9191 for assistance.

HARRISON COUNTY

Gulfport: The Salvation Army will open a cold weather shelter in Gulfport Monday, January 20 and Tuesday, January 21 from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. at 2019 22nd Street, Gulfport, MS 39501.

D’Iberville: Seashore Mission and Loaves & Fishes will open a cold weather shelter open from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 a.m. Monday Jan 20 and Tuesday Jan 21. The shelter is located at Harrison County Multipurpose Building (D’Iberville Civic Center) at 10395 Auto Mall Parkway D’Iberville, MS 39540.

JACKSON COUNTY

Pascagoula: A cold weather shelter will be open from 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Monday Jan 20 and Tuesday Jan 21. The shelter is located at 3217 Nathan Hale Ave, Pascagoula, MS 39581.

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A native to the Gulf Coast, Brantly Keiek comes to South Mississippi from Pensacola, Florida. Brantly's passion for weather can be traced back to active hurricane seasons during his childhood. His interest in meteorology peaked when his hometown experienced back-to-back hurricane landfalls in 2004 and 2005. His desire to learn about the atmosphere led him to study at Florida State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and a Minor in Mathematics. Prior to graduating, Brantly also completed a year-long internship at WEAR-TV in Northwest Florida. Brantly enjoys the beach and looks forward to spending time on the coast. He was a competitive swimmer for nearly ten years and loves water sports. While in Pensacola, Brantly was a beach lifeguard for several years where he performed over 100 water rescues.

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