Jones County opens shelters to escape heat

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JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The Jones County Emergency Management Agency held a weather briefing on Friday evening hosted by the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist said temperatures are expected to creep into the 100 degrees or higher mark this weekend.

A heat advisory has been issued for most of the state and will like extended into early next week.

Jones County Emergency Management Agency Director Don McKinnon said, "Be vigilant. Drink plenty of fluids, wear lose fitting clothes, and light colored clothes if you can."

McKinnon added, "Keep as much skin covered if you can, unless you are at a pool. Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages because that does reduce your ability to function and to deal with heat. Also be aware of heat exhaustion and heat stroke."

There are a couple of cooling centers open in the city of Laurel. The Red Cross will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Salvation Army will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter will be open overnight if residents need a cooler place to sleep as well.

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