Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week April 8-14

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Governor Rick Snyder has declared this week as Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week.

The National Weather Service says that the spring weather will get here eventually, and naturally, more people will be spending time outdoors.

But whether you’re outdoors or indoors, Michigan residents are encouraged to have a plan in the event of a severe weather incident.

Matt Zika, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Marquette, said, “Today actually happens to be the one year anniversary of our unusual weather event we had last April, when the high winds blew through Republic, Ishpeming, and Negaunee – 80 to 90 mph winds that blew through at 3 o’clock in the morning. And that was a situation that a lot of people were scared. It was dark, the winds were howling, trees were breaking outside, and hail was hitting the windows. But those are the events that we want folks, when they see that ahead of time, to get to a safe place so they’re not going to be put at risk.”

As part of awareness week, the National Weather Service will be hosting several storm spotter trainings, which allows people to become involved in the weather warning process.

You can find a list of scheduled presentations by clicking here.

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