The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is teaching members of the local community how to spot early warning signs of extreme weather.
On Wednesday, January 5, MCSO hosted a free two-hour Skywarn Storm Spotter class at its main operations office in Ocala.
During the class, 40 county residents became certified storm spotters. This training provides members of the community with essential information for all types of weather hazards such as thunderstorms and tornadoes.
Skywarn is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters throughout the country who provide accurate and timely reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.
MCSO will be hosting another Skywarn Storm Spotter training class on Thursday, March 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the emergency operations center located at 692 NW 30th Avenue in Ocala.
The class is free to attend and registration is currently open.
For more information, or to register for the upcoming class, visit the Skywarn Storm Spotter class webpage.