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Governor Malloy activates state’s severe weather protocol as bitter blast approaches

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Web Extra: Frigid cold especially dire for the homeless in CT

Starting Wednesday afternoon, Governor Dan Malloy will activate the state’s severe cold weather protocol in preparation for the frigid cold occurring Thanksgiving day.

Activating Connecticut‘s cold weather protocol means shelters and warming centers will be opening across the state. This is the first time this season they will be opening. 

As News 8’s Bob Wilson reports, these frigid temperatures are especially dire for those who are homeless.

We spoke to a man who slept on the steps of the Center Church in Hartford Tuesday night. He gave us a good idea of what it’s like to be homeless in the cold on Thanksgiving.

“I’m going to spend Thanksgiving alone sitting on a park bench outside of this church. I just became homeless this year. I’m going to find out (what it’s like to live outside in the frigid cold) tonight.”

Transportation will also be provided for those seeking shelter. 

Warming centers will stay open through Friday morning. 

You can dial 2-1-1 for the most up to date list of shelters that are open. 

High school football games held traditionally on Thanksgiving Day are instead being played Wednesday night because of the freezing cold. 

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