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Region Hit With Bitter Cold Temperatures

Reported by: Send eMail Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 23, 2013 10:06 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 23, 2013 11:30 PM EST

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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

Cold weather moved into the Eyewitness News viewing area Saturday, as temperatures dropped into the 20s.

With a chance of flurries overnight, temperatures likely will not reach more than the 30s on Sunday, Eyewitness News meteorologist Brandon Stover said.

As temperatures plunged Saturday evening, everyone had their own method of keeping warm.

But firefighters said probably the most common and commonly dangerous source for heat? A space heater.

Lt. John Nicholas, with the Huntington Fire Department, said the number of house fires during the winter months is staggering.

"The volume picks up because of people using heaters," he said.

Nicholas said to follow the rule on the warning label.

"If you leave the house, turn them off," he said.

Emergency workers said it's always smart to check on elderly neighbors, and make sure pet homes are well insulated, but a huge concern for Terry Collison, who runs First Steps Day Shelter, is those without shelter.

“It’s heartbreaking, but I know even at the City Mission, if its below 40 degrees, they can sleep in the lobby during the night time,” he said. “Even if thev've been kick out of the Mission."

Experts say the best thing is just to watch out for each other. If you see someone in need, maybe give them a cup of coffee and spread the warmth that way.

For the latest forecast and information, visit the weather section of our website.



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