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National Weather Service training residents in weather spotting

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WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

As we get ready for warmer temperatures, local emergency management directors want to make sure you're ready for any severe weather that could be coming along.

They're working to increase communication between the National Weather Service and people in our area.

An annual "Skywarn Training Session" was held Wednesday in Wood County.  Representatives from the National Weather Service met with people to teach them how to become Weather Spotters.

Those spotters learn what things to look out for in the sky, as well as how to prepare for severe weather.

EMA Director Brad Gilbert says this training is especially important because Wood County has had a high number of tornados over the last few years.

"Out here in the country where you can see long distances with few obstructions, it's great to have this type of training," Gilbert said.  "You can see what's coming at you, so you can prepare and move to safety before it even gets there."

The National Weather Service hopes these trained spotters will help them out by reporting what they see, and they can do that online, over the phone or over a radio.

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