NWS issues wind chill warning, shelters opened

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Catherine W. Idzerda
December 11, 2013

JANESVILLE—The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory through 6 a.m. Thursday morning. By 9 p.m. Wednesday, temperatures were already 3 below zero in downtown Janesville. Wind chill readings as cold as 25 degrees below zero were expected.

The emergency management bureau of the Rock County Sheriff's Office is advising people to stay indoors as much as possible and to:

—Check on your family, friends or neighbors who might be at risk.

—Make sure pets and animals have a warm, sheltered area with unfrozen water at all times. Whenever possible, bring pets indoors.

—Keep emergency kits with blankets, ice scrapers and flashlights in your car.

—Be sure to keep your car's gas tank above half full.

—Make sure that all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are in working order and prepare escape plans in the event of a winter fire.

The Cargill United Methodist Church, 2000 Wesley Avenue, Janesville, will be open tonight to provide shelter for people who need to get out of the extreme cold.

St. John's Lutheran Church, 1000 Bluff St., Beloit, will be open through 9 a.m. Friday as a warming shelter.

The Rock County Sheriff's Office Emergency Management Bureau is looking for organizations that might be able to provide shelter locations in the future. For more information, contact the bureau at 608-758-8440.

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