DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — With temperatures expected to plunge into the teens by Wednesday morning, the weather could be downright dangerous for people who aren’t ready for it.
Emergency responders spent part of the day Tuesday trying to make sure people who need help are getting it.
WNCN rode along with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday night as they checked in on people who were bracing for one of the coldest nights of the season.
“If they don’t have proper heat, it could be a fatal thing,” said Cpl. Rodney Goss.
Deputies traveled throughout the county checking for abandoned cars, marking them with yellow tape to let other deputies know those cars had already been checked.
“We want to make sure that they’re checked on and cared for, and that they have help on the way,” said Major Adam Clayton. “Just the extremely cold nature of the weather that we’re having this week, we’re really concerned about abandoned vehicles.”
They also checked on seniors and people living alone.
Corporal Goss stopped by Jimmy Ross’s house, checking that his thermostat was working and he was prepared for the cold night ahead.
“Just make sure that we all play a part in checking on our citizens that may be disabled, or our elderly citizens that may need a little extra help,” said Clayton.
The sheriff’s office did not increase staffing just because of the cold weather, but that could happen later this week.
Major Clayton says people are already on call and expecting to come in if we get snow and have problems on the roads because of it.