People in Wirt County are getting ahead start on recognizing severe weather when it happens.
The Wirt County Office of Emergency Service held a Weather Spotter class Wednesday evening.
Members from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Charleston were there teaching participants different weather patterns, cloud formations and how to become a weather spotter.
It's all part of a series of public education classes for the entire community.
"If we know how to rely on ourselves to look and witness the weather, see what's actually transpiring, it gives us a better opportunity to be more accurately informed of what's going on outside," says Wirt County Emergency Services Director, Bo Wriston.
So far, over 29,000 people across the nation are official weather spotters for the NWS.