By Scott Harvey
Cooper – If you missed last week's annual SKYWARN storm spotter training program in Hunt County, you've got another opportunity tonight in Cooper.
SKYWARN, co-sponsored by the Hunt County Emergency Management Office, is free and open to the public and is designed to help train area law enforcement, firefighters and amateur radio personnel in how to spot the potential for severe thunderstorms and, once they arrive, how to track them. The program is expected to last about two hours.
Last week's program, held in Greenville, brought in over 100 people.
Earlier this month, emergency crews in Northeast Texas were in full force as thunderstorms pushed their way through the region, indicating severe weather season had officially arrived. Power surges were reported throughout the area, and some buildings in Hunt County sustained heavy wind damage.
KETR received several calls throughout the night from local residents, as listeners gave us firsthand accounts of what they saw, if power was out, and damage sustained, if any.
Tonight's SKYWARN program takes place at 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, located at 500 E Dallas Ave in Cooper.