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Skywarn program Wednesday at JFS

Scott Seitz • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:12 PM

The National Weather Bureau is once again offering the free Skywarn training program for area residents.

The course will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Department of Job & Family Services.

This program trains residents to watch for funnel clouds and tornado conditions.

Bill Ommert, county emergency management agency director, said the program is especially important this time of year.

"Though tornadoes can happen at any time," he said. "Just look, last Friday we had a tornado warning right here in Huron County."

A tornado warning was issued Friday for the county, specifically in the Fitchville and New London areas.

"But there were no reports of a tornado touchdown," Ommert said.

"We had our spotters out," Ommert added. "The importance of a trained spotter can mean life or death, very honestly, because not everyone can watch all the sky. The more eyes on the sky the better."

Ommert said the course is different every year.

"This is my 18th year and I learn something new each year," he said. "It's great to be able to do it again."

The program will provide participants with detailed information on specific cloud formations that may lead to the formation of tornadoes, types of fronts that can lead to severe storms and additional weather information.

The program does not require pre-registration. Call (419) 663-5772 for details.

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