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Want to help spot storms in Marion County? NWS hosting free class

A free class next week will train Marion County residents on how to spot early warning signs of extreme weather and report them accordingly.

The National Weather Service will host the free SKYWARN Storm Spotter on Wednesday, May 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center, which is located at 698 NW 30th Avenue in Ocala.

The training class will provide participants with essential information for all types of weather hazards, including thunderstorms and tornadoes. During the two-hour session, participants will learn:

  • The basics of thunderstorm development.
  • The fundamentals of storm structure.
  • How to identify potential severe weather features.
  • How to report information, along with what information to report.
  • Basic severe weather safety.

For more information, or to register for the class, visit the SKYWARN Storm Spotter Class webpage.