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Afternoon Update

Faith

January 27, 2014

Wind plays havoc in Anderson

Warming stations available in Madison County

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The Salvation Army on Meridian Street, Church Upon the Rock and Aletheia Fellowship were the main warming stations in Anderson where people could stop by to warm up.

Dennis Marak, captain of the Anderson Salvation Army, said the city asked them to set up a warming station with the extreme cold this week.

"We try to serve all needs," Marak said. "People deserve to have a place that is comfortable and warm."

Despite the extreme cold on Monday, Marak said they didn't have anyone show up.

Mercy Hospital in Elwood is also open in case anyone loses power up north. Elwood city spokesman Jeff Howe said the hospital has a room open for the next few days specifically for people to come in and get warm.

In an attempt to keep people from walking in the cold, Sam Pellegrino, director of City of Anderson Transit System, announced CATS buses would be providing free transportation Monday and Tuesday.

"Our biggest concern is safety," Pellegrino said in a statement. "So we want to provide an opportunity for everyone to get where they are going safely."

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Warming stations set up The following Anderson locations will be offered as warming stations through today. - Salvation Army, 1615 Meridian St. - Church Upon the Rock, 303 E. 29th St. - Aletheia Fellowship, 2505 Faith Drive - East Side Church of God, 2600 E. Fifth St. - Madison Park Church of God, 6607 Providence Drive - Mercy Hospital Conserve electricity FORT WAYNE - PJM Interconnection, which operates the electricity grid for member utilities - including Indiana Michigan Power - is asking customers to conserve electricity today. Indiana Michigan Power covers the northern half of Madison County. PJM is asking consumers to conserve electricity, if health permits - especially from 6 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. today. Electricity customers can take simple conservation steps: - Set thermostats lower than usual, if health permits. - Postpone using major electric appliances such as stoves, dishwashers and clothes dryers until mid-day or after 9 p.m., when the demand for electricity decreases. - Turn off electric lights and appliances that you do not need or are not using. Find forecasts For updated weather forecasts, go to www.heraldbulletin.com

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