Greensboro, NC -- When tornadoes strike like they did in Moore, Oklahoma emergency teams are spread thin and that's when groups like the Forsyth Community's Emergency Response Team spring into action.
The Emergency Response Team hosted a basic and advanced "SKYWARN" sever weather spotter training class at the Forsyth County Cooperative Extension Building in Winston-Salem on Saturday.
Seventy volunteers took part in the class to learn how to recognize different storm elements. The volunteers will be able to call in to the National Weather Service office in Raleigh with local weather reports during sever weather.
"Radar is great, but sometimes it cannot see everything that's going on in a storm. So if you've got that set of eyes and ears out there on the ground, they're able to call into the National Weather Service in Raleigh and tell them exactly what's going on," says Tim Roten with the Forsyth Community Emergency Response Team.
Classes are free and you can visit the following websites for more infomation on future classes. The next class offered by the National Weather Service will be held on May 30th in Albemarle, NC.
National Weather Service in Raleigh:
If you are unable to attend one of the classes you can still become a Severe Weather Spotter. To take the on-line class offered by the National Weather Service visit the following link for more information:
WFMY News 2/City of Winston-Salem/National Weather Service