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3/11/08

Storm Spotters Silenced East of Lubbock

Right now, the South Plains Storm Spotting Team needs your help to keep families safe this severe weather season. That's when the National Weather Service dispatches the team of spotters to report on areas of interest. 

The spotters use radios to communicate, with repeaters on towers across the South Plains. But the new owner of a tower in Kent County wants their equipment to go.

"When Texas Communications bought the repeater tower on the west mound of the double mountain, we were told that we either had to pay $500 per month rent, or else have the equipment removed," said Greg Varoff, a member of the South Plains Storm Spotting Team. "As it is right now, once we get off the Caprock, we have no radio coverage. Which means there's a big black hole down there in terms of trying to report back to the weather service what's going on."

The organization is seeking donations to update their equipment, and solve this problem. If you can help, call the South Plains Storm Spotting Team (806) 743-5824. Or visit their web site, (click here).

Donations will be tax deductible.

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