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Feb 12, 2016 2:13 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Plunging Temperatures Prompt Southampton Town To Open Warming Center Sunday

Feb 12, 2016 2:32 PM

Southampton Town officials will open a warming center on Sunday for those needing to escape plummeting temperatures expected to hover around zero degrees this weekend.

According to meteorologist Faye Barthold of the National Weather Service in Upton, the lowest temperatures will be felt overnight on Saturday. While the temperature itself is expected to stay in the zero-degree range, the wind chill will make it feel closer to negative 20 or negative 25 degrees.

The cold, Ms. Barthold said, will be a result of a wind system coming straight from the arctic. However, it will be short lived, with temperatures expected to climb back into the 30s on Monday.

On Friday afternoon, Southampton Town officials announced that a warming center would be open at the Hampton Bays Senior Center on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents seeking more information are advised to call 728-1235 when the center is open.

In East Hampton, the town typically only opens a heating center in the event of mass power outages as the result of storms. However, officials advise that if power is lost at any point in the weekend, arrangements can be made through the East Hampton Town Police Department at 537-7575 to be taken to the Town Senior Center for warmth.

According to Ms. Barthold, the National Weather Service is advising that people bundle up when venturing outdoors and bring extra blankets during car trips in case of a breakdown. She also asks people to remember their pets this weekend, saying they are impacted by weather the same way as humans and should be left inside.

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So, the life threatening cold will be Saturday night, and the warming center will open Sunday. it's a plan.
By fire11 (276), east hampton on Feb 12, 16 8:53 PM
I noticed that as well. Too easy to make a cynical remark about gov't screwing up everything it manages.
By BillWillConn3 (170), Southampton on Feb 12, 16 9:03 PM
It's really the people in charge. Look at the Town Board and the joke they call upon to take action.
By lirider (263), Hampton Bays on Feb 12, 16 9:10 PM
It's a matter of practicality, you criticizers! Do you think they have beds and other overnight facilities there?

I think it's admirable that they are recognizing a need and addressing it -- though I could hardly blame them for reading comments like the three above and saying the heck with it.

You don't like the Town Board? Give the new administration a chance to do something one way or the other -- and THEN vote them out if you still feel that way!

By Frank Wheeler (1809), Northampton on Feb 13, 16 9:31 AM
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