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Storm spotter class set for Thursday
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Storm spotter class

When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Spout Springs library branch, 6488 Spout Springs Road, Flowery Branch

Cost: Free

Did you see the 1996 film “Twister,” starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as two storm chasers, and find yourself thinking that looked like a fun job?

Hall County Emergency Management is offering a free course on how to become a certified storm spotter.

The class is free and will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Spout Springs branch of the Hall County Library System, located at 6488 Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch.

“Anyone with an interest in weather would greatly benefit from participating in the class,” Hall County EMA director David Kimbrell said in a press release. “This program trained more than 230,000 severe weather spotters, who help keep their communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.”

The Hall County EMA is partnering with the National Weather Service for the class. It will go over the basics of thunderstorms and storm spotting; the importance of spotters; and the relationship between the National Weather Service, the media and emergency management.

The course is designed to also teach attendees how to use basic radar technologies and identify storms and potential severe weather, according to a press release.

For more information, contact Kimbrell at 770-531-6838 or dkimbrell@hallcounty.org.

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