CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Emergency cold weather shelters opened Monday and Tuesday in the Lowcountry, in response to freezing temperatures.
"I got a little tiny tent so will keep some body heat so I'll be alright," Brittany, originally from Alaska, said. She currently lives in Tent City under the I-26 overpass. "I'm pretty much used to 40 below weather so this is nothing to me."
When the forecast calls for freezing temperatures, Hibben United Methodist Church opened its doors to people needing an escape from the cold. It's
the third year the church has operated a warming shelter.
"We say 33 degrees," Al Bradshaw-Whittemore, a shelter coordinator, said. "Of course, if there are extenuating circumstances like wind chill factor, we take that into account."
When operating, the emergency cold shelter at 690 Coleman Blvd. takes guests daily at approximately 8 p.m.
The guests must leave by 7 a.m. the next morning. No guests are accepted after 11 p.m. unless brought by police or due to special circumstances.
A Hibben bus picks up guests in downtown Charleston, taking them back to the church where they get a warm place to sleep plus dinner, breakfast and showers.