Spearfish elementary students learn about weather preparedness

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Rapid City, SD Spearfish elementary students got a lesson in weather preparedness, Friday.

Officials from both the Spearfish police and fire department - along with our own Taylor Nicolaisen spoke at Creekside Elementary.

The Black Hills can see severe weather from twisters to floods.

A tornado warning was even issued in the Queen City around this time last year.

Officials warn kids to get underground or in an interior room - but, the best preparation is awareness.

Meteorologist Taylor Nicolaisen said "I try to remind the kids not to get scared of severe weather. A lot people are terrified - but if you know what to do, you don't have to be scared. It doesn't have to be a big ordeal if you know where to go or how to react to a weather situation, and that's what we were trying to tell the kids and you'll probably be safe."

Even the biggest hail stone of all time - the size of a cantaloupe - dropped in South Dakota.