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Cleveland recreation centers transform into warming centers

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With shelters at capacity on a night expected to be so cold that the homeless left outside could freeze, the city if Cleveland had developed a plan that will undoubtedly be of service in the coming days.

Even commuters on public transportation could be affected by temperatures that may drop so low that a lengthy wait for a bus might not be an option.

"I make sure I have the bus time so when I am out here I don't have to stand long," says one RTA customer.

Temperatures are expected to plummet so much that Cleveland's recreation centers will be turned into warming centers.

Many people that 19 Action News Reporter Blake Chenault spoke to agreed that transforming the recreation centers is a good idea.

We caught up with Cecil Drake at one of the facilities soon to be a warming center.

"I have a friend whose furnace is out, so I'll let her know she can go to the nearest center."

Mitchel Taylor knows the long cold Cleveland winters too well.

"Know how to dress and be prepared for the cold."

Taylor says that to survive the frigid climate he layers up a lot of clothing.

On Monday, Jan. 6, 20 Cleveland recreation centers will be turned into spacious warming centers with restrooms and rooms where people can, sit, talk, nap and stay warm.

The city is even trying to accommodate skate boarders with an indoor facility

With temperatures expected to soon drop to dangerous lows the elderly could be vulnerable.

One person we spoke to had this to say "There is someone I check on daily.  She's warm.  Got to look out for the elderly during this type of weather."

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