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