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      Macon County is in need of storm spotters

      The Macon County Office of Emergency Management is teaming up with the National Weather Service for Spotter Training Night on Monday, February 10 at 7 p.m.

      Even though we're still dealing with winter weather, the Macon County Office of Emergency Management is already looking ahead to severe weather season.

      The office is teaming up with the National Weather Service Office in Kansas City for the 2014 Severe Weather Awareness and Spotter Training Night on Monday, February 10 at 7 p.m. That training will be held at the Macon County Expo Center.

      Warning Coordinator Andy Bailey will be there to talk about the different types of severe weather and how storm spotters are a critical part of reporting the most up-to-date information in a severe weather event.

      "I like to see a lot of people out there. People can call us or the National Weather Service directly. Those Storm Reports are vital to the weather service since we are so far away from the radar site in Kansas City," said Michael Shively, Director of the Macon County Office of Emergency Management.

      Shively will also be speaking to the audience at the class about the new Integrated Public Alert and Warning System the county just received.

      This will be the first spotter training since Macon County earned Storm Ready distinction last month.

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