- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - A tornado and severe weather early-detection class is being offered in Southfield.

The free Skywarn Spotter session scheduled March 30 at the Southfield Public Library is part of an initiative to save lives during severe weather emergencies by expanding the network of trained spotters.

Class participants will learn about the basics of thunderstorm development, storm structure and severe weather safety.

Southfield Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Division Director William Johns says that “as a result of the Skywarn Spotter program, the average lead time between the first sighting of severe weather and its actual arrival to a given area has increased by almost 10 minutes over the past few years.”

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