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      Red Cross opening shelters in Benzie & Kalkaska counties

      The Northwest Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross is opening several shelters in Northern Michigan to help those affected by the winter storm.

      With thousands without power and freezing temperature outside, the Red Cross and community partners are opening up shelters in Benzie and Kalkaska Counties.

      A warming center has also been set up in Grand Traverse County.

      "We want everyone to have a safe, dry place to go and stay warm, as well as a hot meal and a warm cot." said Kevin Bavers, Executive Director of the Northwest Michigan Red Cross. "Our volunteers and local community partners have already swung into action."

      Shelters have been opened at the following locations:

      Fresh Wind Christian Community Center

      9780 Honor Hwy

      Honor, MI 49640

      CURRENT STATUS: Open ­- becoming overnight shelter if needed

      The Maples Medical Center

      210 Maple Ave

      Frankfort, MI 49635

      CURRENT STATUS: Open ­- becoming overnight shelter if needed

      Kalkaska United Methodist Church

      2525 Beebe Rd. NE

      Kalkaska, MI 49646

      CURRENT STATUS: Opening at 3:00 PM â?? Overnight Shelter

      The Salvation Army

      1239 Barlow St.

      Traverse City, MI 49686

      CURRENT STATUS: Open â?? Warming Center Only