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County plans annual storm spotter training

By The Herald Staff | 2/21/2014

Severe weather season is just around the corner.

Franklin County received its first taste of springtime storms Wednesday evening, signaling tornado season is fast approaching.

Severe weather season is just around the corner.

Franklin County received its first taste of springtime storms Wednesday evening, signaling tornado season is fast approaching.

To prepare for severe weather, the Franklin County Emergency Management department is planning its annual storm spotter training 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at Celebration Hall at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 1737 S. Elm St., Ottawa. The training is open to the public.

A meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Topeka plans to offer tips on what to look for during severe weather season, Alan Radcliffe, Franklin County Emergency Management director, said.

“They talk about safety on the different types of severe weather — severe thunderstorms, flooding, lightning, tornado safety,” he said. “They’ll also go into the difference between watches and warnings and show some of the different cloud formations — things that as a citizen you may want to watch for in case there is a funnel cloud or tornado and what to do for tornado warnings.”

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