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This small team of Nashville citizen scientists is a lifeline during severe weather

On early Saturday morning, Vesia Hawkins logged on to the Twitter account for information on the tornado.

The Nashville Severe Weather Twitter and YouTube accounts are run by three men who are not meteorologists but who partner with the National Weather Service to provide essential storm information to the public in the region.

Emily Siner of member station WPLN spoke to Hawkins, who relies on their coverage during storms.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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