Philadelphia declares a Code Blue - Philadelphia News

December 8, 2008 5:02:12 AM PST
Bone-chilling cold has prompted officials in Philadelphia and in suburban Montgomery County to declare a Code Blue weather emergency. Code Blue gives them the power to go out onto the streets and bring in homeless people to shelters because the weather conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death.

Temperatures from Sunday night into Monday morning were a numbing 19 degrees, and the National Weather Service says the wind chill factor made the temperature feel like it was in the single digits.

The Code Blue declaration is scheduled to remain in effect until noon Monday.

The Philadelphia Code Blue Hotline is 215-232-1984.

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