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Florida feels the frigid fringes of Bomb Cyclone Elliott

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Snow tops flamingo lawn ornaments after a winter storm swept over the intermountain West packing snow combined with Arctic cold Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(SOUTH FLORIDA) —- South Floridians woke to temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s while the rest of the nation is dealing with an official”bomb cyclone.” Winter Storm Elliott brought coastal flooding to the Northeast, a deadly pileup in Ohio, thousands of flight cancellations two days before Christmas and widespread power outages that left millions without electricity from Texas to Maine.

At least 11 people have been killed in fatal car crashes connected to the weather since Tuesday.

Meanwhile, chilly temperatures blanketing South Florida have lead to the opening of emergency shelters.

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For a full list of cold weather shelters available this weekend click https://www.floridadisaster.org/planprepare/shelters/.

If you are without power and turn to a portable generator, or resort to using items that aren’t meant for inside use, in order to try and keep warm it’s important to note that generators should always be placed at least 20 feet from any building or enclosed space and equipment such as gas or charcoal grills should never be used indoors due to the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Space heaters should also be kept away from furniture, drapes and Christmas trees.