National Weather Service faces furloughs

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Updated: 5/22/2013 7:58 pm

Employees with the National Weather Service are fighting a different kind of storm, this one impacts their jobs. After budget cuts from the sequester, thousands of forecasters and employees could be furloughed starting this summer.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA also implemented a hiring freeze in March for NWS.

Bill Hopkins with the National Weather Service Employees Organization said, "We are just now starting to get into the heart of severe weather season, for severe thunderstorms, tornado's. Then two weeks from now hurricane season starts and these furloughs are going to be in place primarily in the second month when the hurricanes get more spun up and things. It is just a very dangerous situation they are putting the people in."

The Lubbock NWS office has 23 employees. About 3,500 NWS forecasters are among the employees slated to be furloughed, which could start as early as July.

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