SKYWARN meeting set for Thursday

Those wanting to become local storm spotters have a chance to learn more about the craft this Thursday in Greenville.

The National Weather Service is presenting its annual SKYWARN storm spotter training program.

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 Tuesday, 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 last Tuesday from local residents, as listeners gave us their firsthand accounts of what they saw, if power is out, and any damage sustained, if any.

The SKYWARN program takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday inside the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, 5501 Highway 69 South.