If it?s spring, it?s time keep an eye on the Kansas skies

The City of Hillsboro has four designated storm shelters in times of emergency. On the Tabor College, campus six places have been designated. Do you know the location of the shelter nearest to your residence?
Marion County has yet to be visited by tornadoes as the 2007 severe-storm season begins, but a flurry of twisters along the Kansas-Colorado border last week is a reminder that the time already is ripe for tornadoes and other forms of severe weather.

To prepare for possible storms, Marion County Emer?gency Management will be hosting a weather-watch and storm-spotter training opportunity at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5, at the Marion City Building.

Training will be provided by the National Weather Service from Wichita. Representatives from the Red Cross-McPherson Sunflower Chapter will also be on hand to give a brief overview regarding the Family Disaster Plan. The public is invited to attend. Call 382-4840 for more information.

In 2006, only one tornado was confirmed in Marion County. It touched down shortly after 2 p.m. March 30, about three miles west of Durham and stayed on the ground about three miles toward the northeast.

Two farmyards suffered an estimated $120,000 in damage, primarily two outbuildings, and no one was injured. One person was briefly hospitalized, however, when the twister flipped the vehicle he was driving along Kansas Highway 15 about 21⁄2 miles north of Durham.

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