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Emergency shelters to open in Upstate ahead of storm

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FOUNTAIN INN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Several Upstate locations are opening severe weather shelters over the weekend for evacuees fleeing Hurricane Irma.

Irma, which is expected to move through Florida and Georgia early in the week, could send heavy rain and storm winds into the Upstate.

The city of Fountain Inn said it is opening an emergency shelter on Monday for anyone who doesn't feel safe in their homes during the coming storm

The Fountain Inn Activities Center at 610 Fairview St. will be open at noon on Monday. Meals and water will be provided, but those seeking shelter are asked to bring medications and bedding. Pets will be allowed in a crate at the shelter provided they have current vaccinations.

The center can hold a maximum of 300 people.

Miracle Hill Ministries are opening shelters on Sunday or Monday at the following four locations:

  • Greenville Rescue Mission- 575 W. Washington St. in Greenville
  • Spartanburg Rescue Mission- 189 N. Forest St. in Spartanburg
  • Shepherd's Gate- 11 Regency Hill Dr. in Greenville
  • Cherokee County Rescue Mission - 227 Henderson St. in Gaffney

“We will raise the white flags at our four adult emergency shelters so that anyone living on the streets can come in to a place of safety and get out of the path of the storm," said Ryan Duerk, Miracle Hill's Vice President of Adult Ministries.

A decision about the exact time of the shelters' opening will be decided on the path of the storm.

The Anderson Civic Center also opened to evacuees from Florida and Georgia fleeing Irma's path on Sunday. Officials said the venue can house 900 people if needed.

MORE: Anderson Civic Center could hold up to 900 hurricane evacuees

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