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Internet, Apps Provide Needed Info As Storms Approach

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Weather radios are the prescribed method for receiving severe weather information, but what do you when you're not near one?
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Weather radios are the prescribed method for receiving severe weather information, but what do you when you're not near one?

"Anytime we issue a warning, we want to give people that information just as quickly as possible," Steve Runnels of the National Weather Service's Springfield office said.

The Internet is full of websites with information about harmful, impending weather. 

Anyone can listen to the Southwest Missouri SkyWarn Severe Weather Network online through the website Broadcastify.

The online radio makes severe weather information from weather spotters available on most any electronic device.

"Spotters are our eyes and ears on the ground," KOLR 10 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Warriner said. "When they're talking about what they see this gives folks an opportunity to know what's going on, maybe even before a warning is issued."

Social media connects everyone -- from locals observing dark clouds, to trained spotters and storm chasers.

The Missouri Storm Chasers is just one of many groups you can find that share info as well as photos and video from the ground for all to see on Facebook and Twitter.

Lots of folks rely on social media to get that first inkling, and then their awareness is heightened, and they go maybe to a better source for more detailed information," Warriner said.

For the latest local information online, you can always turn to OzarksFirst.com for alerts, as well as the KOLR 10 News/Ozarks First mobile application.

"It gives them information about when it's going to hit, where it's going to hit and how long it's going to last." KOLR 10 digital producer Rachel Bonar said. "If you have our mobile app then that's just a great way to stay informed all the time."

For more information, visit ozarksfirst.com/weather-alerts.
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