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Tornado season is upon us

Weather spotter classes start Wednesday

Start thinking about tornadoes.

A reminder that the region is entering what typically is prime tornado season, although it may not seem like it with snow on the ground, will come Tuesday when a statewide tornado exercise takes place.

Meanwhile, three local classes have been scheduled for aspiring weather spotters.

It’s all part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which is this week.

At a time when many people are looking forward to a thaw from the long winter, meteorologists and emergency agencies are preparing for the tornado season that comes with spring.

Part of that preparedness is a statewide tornado exercise Tuesday.

The Federal Communications Commission has granted a one-time waiver on rules for the use of a live tornado warning over the Emergency Alert System for the tornado exercise, according to a news release from the Illinois Press Association.

The exercise is conducted by schools, businesses, law enforcement agencies and emergency managers to prepare for the thunderstorm and tornado season, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, people who would like to help emergency agencies monitor severe weather can go to three weather spotter courses this month. There is no cost to the classes. Those interest can register by calling 815-723-1455.

They will be held at the following times.

• 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lincoln-Way West High School, 21701 Gougar Road, New Lenox. The class will be preceded by a safety expo that starts at 5 p.m.

• March 20 at the Minooka High School South Campus, 26655 W. Eames St., Channahon. The class starts at 7 p.m., with a safety fair at 6 p.m.

• Frankfort Fire Station 3 at 24420 S. LaGrange Road in Green Garden Township. The 10 a.m. training will be preceded by a display of preparedness booths made available for viewing at 9 a.m.

For more information, visit the Will County Emergency Management website at, or call the office at 815-740-8351.

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