17-year-old starts weather alerts for Yell County

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    DANVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - When you reminisce of being 17 year old, does storm spotting come to mind? A senior at Danville High School took the hobby of storm spotting and made it a responsibility for his community.

    Aaron Gilkey's passion started with a science project, and he now provides alerts for over a 1,000 followers in Yell County. After his science project, he dug deeper to find that some southern parts of the county do not have tornado sirens.

    "I got on Google earth and mapped out sirens so I could see where they were, and there's one here, but down in here there's none of it," he said.

    So, when it comes to power outages, most everyone now turns to their cell phones. He now also offers instant text alerts, tweets, and Facebook messages for his neighbors when storms are coming their way.

    "Everybody thought that I was someone 20 to 30 years old, and when I told everybody that I was 17, a bunch of people have given me a bunch of positive feedback," he added.

    After the recent debates of storm chasing, Aaron said he never goes chasing a storm. In order to marvel at the beauty of lightning, he goes to a few spots in Danville to watch the storms pass.

    He said for good pictures, he gets somewhere for high elevation but always has a place to retreat if weather turns from bad to worse.

    Other than weather, Aaron enjoys graphic design, playing in the high school band, and also architecture.

    Aaron's storm spotting Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Yellcss

    For text alerts, text "@yellalerts" to (501) 244-3854.

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