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As deep freeze sets it, people urged to help most vulnerable

Sagarica

Dec. 27, 2017, photo, homeless men Sean Stuart, left, and Segundo Rivera walk on a street after spending the day at St. Francis House in Boston. With temperatures across Massachusetts not expected to rise above freezing for days, politicians and advocates for the homeless are particularly concerned about getting as many people as possible into shelters. Stuart and Rivera told the Boston Herald that theyu2019re not comfortable spending the night in a shelter. u201cWeu2019ve lived out here so long itu2019s like honestly, this is comfortable for us,u201d Rivera said. (Christopher Evans/The Boston Herald via AP)
Dec. 27, 2017, photo, homeless men Sean Stuart, left, and Segundo Rivera walk on a street after spending the day at St. Francis House in Boston. With temperatures across Massachusetts not expected to rise above freezing for days, politicians and advocates for the homeless are particularly concerned about getting as many people as possible into shelters. Stuart and Rivera told the Boston Herald that theyu2019re not comfortable spending the night in a shelter. u201cWeu2019ve lived out here so long itu2019s like honestly, this is comfortable for us,u201d Rivera said. (Christopher Evans/The Boston Herald via AP)

As deep freeze sets it, people urged to help most vulnerable

PORTLAND: As a deep freeze sets in across half the country, officials are urging people to help those most vulnerable, especially the homeless and the elderly.

Forecasters warned people to be wary of hypothermia and frostbite from the arctic blast that’s gripping a large swath from the Midwest to the Northeast, where the temperature, without the wind chill factored in, dipped to minus 32 (minus 35 Celsius) on Thursday morning in Watertown, New York.

The prolonged, dangerous cold weather has sent advocates for the homeless scrambling to get people off the streets and to bring in extra beds for them. Warming centers also were set up in some locations.

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