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MCSO hosting free Skywarn Storm Spotters class this week

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is eager to teach more members of the local community how to spot early warning signs of extreme weather.

On Thursday, March 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., MCSO is hosting a free Skywarn Storm Spotter class at its main operations office located at 692 NW 30th Avenue in Ocala.

During the previous class on January 5, there were 40 county residents who became certified storm spotters.

MCSO hosting free Skywarn Storm Spotter class this week
There were 40 county residents in attendance during the January 5 class

Lightning and severe weather causes billions of dollars in property damage each year. This training class provides members of the community with essential information for all types of weather hazards such as thunderstorms and tornadoes.

According to MCSO, this level of awareness will help keep families safe from these hazardous conditions while also helping to minimize property damage.

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.

For more information, or to register for the upcoming class, visit the Skywarn Storm Spotter class webpage.