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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Many federal employees across the U.S. and even here in Southern Arizona are asking themselves one question – will they get paid?

This includes local National Weather Service workers who are considered essential.

So far it is business as usual at the National Weather Office, a public safety agency responsible for tracking weather for all of Southern Arizona.  The office is located near 6th and Park. 

All 22 of the employees here are still coming to work, from meteorologists to maintenance workers; however, it is still up in the air if they will get paid for it.

The main mission of the agency is to provide accurate weather forecasts and to give out warnings for severe weather. 

So what does this mean for the general public?  That local meteorologists like Tucson News Now's own Erin Jordan, can still bring the public an accurate forecast.

What about furloughs in the future for the National Weather Service?  According to the meteorologists Tucson News Now has spoken with, they say it has not been requested of them yet and they are not worrying about that right now.

There are 122 National Weather offices across the U.S.

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