In Fleming Island, Orange Cove Seventh Day Advent Church at 4501 U.S. Highway 17 South will open for those who need shelter.
In Nassau County, Fernandina Beach Church of Christ at 1005 S. 14th Ave. Is opening from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday nights.
Coast Guard asks boaters to secure vessels
The Coast Guard is advising mariners to prepare their vessels for incoming high winds Monday in advance of the arctic blast currently crossing the country. The National Weather Service is predicting northwesterly winds estimated at 15-25 mph with gusts between 30-35 mph.
Gale warnings are predicted for the offshore areas from Flagler Beach, Fla., to Altamaha Sound, Ga., with seas rising between 8 and 11 feet Monday night and into Tuesday.
In anticipation of the weather, the Coast Guard advises mariners to ensure their vessels are properly tied down along their piers and moorings. Secondary mooring lines may be necessary. Mariners are also advised to ensure any loose items, such as life jackets, be put below decks or indoors. In the past, objects in the water have been misidentified as people in the water, resulting in unnecessary search and rescue operations by the Coast Guard.
Vessels that break free and drift unattended also pose a potential risk of pollution.
Swimmers are advised to avoid activities in the water due to the dropping temperatures and rising seas.