Arctic Temps: Dangerously cold temperatures force New Jerseyans to seek shelter
New Jersey is experiencing a dangerous drop in temperatures across the state, forcing many to seek shelter indoors.
Those frigid temperatures can be extremely dangerous for those who do not have a place to stay for the night.
Ocean County may be the hardest place for the homeless population to stay because there is no designated shelter for them. But there is a make-shift shelter that has opened Friday night thanks to a group called Just Believe Incorporated.
Volunteer Phil Studnicky is a driver for the organization. Around 7 p.m. he was in the Wawa parking lot on Route 37 to pick up someone in need of shelter.
“Until we are filled up, we are out here picking people up. Give them a hot meal and a warm place to stay,” Studnicky says.
There are 17 people who will be staying at the shelter. The site is located at Riverwood Park in Toms River in a building the nonprofit has turned into a shelter. The site is temporary, and the residents will have to go by the morning.
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Gusty wind conditions will make temperatures feel as if they are in the single digits. The windy weather caused a roof to partially collapse at a Linden Shopping center.
The wind and cold also prompted officials at the Ocean County vaccine distribution site too close for the weekend.
Meteorologists are also tracking a potential snowstorm that could arrive in the Garden State on Sunday, before ramping up Monday and Tuesday.