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Tampa, Florida, Jan 18 (Canadian-Media): A freeze warning was issued by The National Weather Service of United States for all of Tampa Bay, Florida (US) that today will be the coldest in eight years, media reports said.
Frigid cold temperature in South Florida
For the third time this winter, according to weather reports , snow hit Florida, US.
Thermometers dipped to 29 degrees in Tampa, Florida after record low frigid 25 degrees for Jan 18 in 1981.
the brisk northerly winds blowing at 10 to 15 mph further intensified the chill and it felt like it was in the low 20s in some areas.
The below-freezing temperatures reportedly turned water spill from a truck into traffic-halting black ice on the Veterans Expressway.
"Even though we’ve got full-on sunshine, it’s going to take a lot for our temperatures to start warming up," WTSP 10Weather meteorologist Grant Gilmore was reported to state.
It would be for another two days that these wind patterns and cool temperatures would reportedly last before things warm up and it would start to get normal by the weekend.
Gilmore added that even though the temperatures will be up to the low-to-mid 50s by this afternoon, even then, temperatures are about 15 to 17 degrees colder than they usually are this time of year, according to Gilmore.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
MossParkarmoury, #JohnTory, #BetterLivingCentre, #RalphGoodale
Toronto, Jan 3 (Canadian-Media): John Tory, Toronto Mayor's previous refusals to open the armouries in the wake of shortage of shelter for the homeless due to the severe winter conditions had been met with severe criticism , media reports said.
Toronto's shelters were 94 percent full due to the frigid temperatures and finding a space for homeless persons had become a stressful concern but a pair of strangers united to shelter nearly 20 of Toronto's homeless in hotels.
Earlier Tory had been critical of advocates that have called into question his leadership on the issue.
"Why is it when it comes to opening the armouries are these one or two people to be taken as having the gospel," he asked, taking exception to the implication that "if I don't do exactly as they say… that somehow that this means that I'm not doing my job."
Armouries as homeless shelters? 'Angry' Tory says no way.
But this morning Tory apologized to reporters that the city will do better.
Toronto which currently operates six winter respite centres, is in need of more more space, Tory said at a morning news conference.
John Tory: Facebook
He added that he will be speaking with Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale to consider the appropriateness of Moss Park armoury site -- a Canadian Forces facility located at 130 Queen Street East, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- for a seventh centre which could reportedly provide up to 100 new spaces.
Ralph Goodale: Facebook
The armoury would provide up to 100 new spaces.
In addition to the Moss Park armoury, Tory reportedly announced this morning that there would be an increase in city-owned Better Living Centre from 110 daily spaces to 150 spaces and the implementation of 200 other new spaces across the city.
Moss Park armoury: Wikipedia
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)