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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
633 AM EST MAR 6 2015

NEWS RELEASE: SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK

FROM:         STEVE NAGLIC - WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
              NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE

CONTACT:      STEVE NAGLIC, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA
              803-765-5501
              TONY STUREY, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREER
              864-879-1085
              RON MORALES, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON
              843-744-1436
              STEVE PFAFF, NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON
              910-763-8331
              JOE FARMER, SC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION,
              DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC INFORMATION 803-737-8500
              DERREC BECKER, SC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIVISION,
              PUBLIC INFORMATION COORDINATOR 803-737-8500

SOUTH CAROLINA WILL OBSERVE SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK MARCH 8 TO
MARCH 14, 2015. THIS YEAR, SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IS
SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, SOUTH CAROLINA EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT DIVISION, AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTERS
ASSOCIATION. THIS ANNUAL EVENT GIVES SOUTH CAROLINIANS AN
OPPORTUNITY TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES OR REVIEW THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF
SEVERE WEATHER HAZARDS AND SAFETY RULES.

THE ANNUAL STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY,
MARCH 11 2015 WITH AN ALTERNATE DATE OF FRIDAY, MARCH 13. THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL ISSUE A TEST TORNADO WARNING USING THE
ACTUAL EAS CODE FOR THIS DRILL.  THERE WILL BE NO TEST WATCH.  THE
DRILL WILL BE CONDUCTED AT 9AM.  SCHOOLS AND ALL OTHER PARTICIPANTS
ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN THEIR DRILL BY 910AM IF THEIR WEATHER RADIOS
DO NOT ALARM; PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR WEATHER RADIOS ARE IN THE
CORRECT ALARM CONFIGURATION.  AGAIN: A TEST TORNADO WARNING WILL BE
ISSUED AROUND 9AM USING THE EAS TOR CODE .   MEDIA WHO WISH TO OPT
OUT OF THE DRILL SHOULD TAKE THE NECESSARY MEASURES TO PREVENT THE
TORNADO WARNING FROM ACTIVATING THEIR SYSTEMS.

THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS DRILL IS FOR SCHOOLS, PARTNERS, THE GENERAL
PUBLIC, AND OTHERS TO TEST THEIR TORNADO SAFETY PLANS AND
COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS. WITH SEVERAL DEADLY TORNADO EVENTS IN GEORGIA
AND SOUTH CAROLINA DURING THE PAST FEW YEARS, IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR
EVERYONE TO HAVE TORNADO SAFETY PROCEDURES IN PLACE AND TO ENSURE
THEY HAVE A SAFE LOCATION TO GO TO IN THE EVENT OF A TORNADO
OCCURRING.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT DIVISION, AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION
HOPE YOU WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE TORNADO DRILL. IF IT IS NOT
PRACTICAL TO ACTUALLY EXERCISE YOUR PLAN AT THE DESIGNATED DATE AND
TIME, THEN PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO THINK ABOUT WHERE YOUR SAFEST
LOCATION IS AND REVIEW YOUR PLAN FOR EFFICIENCY.

2014 SEVERE WEATHER SEASON IN SOUTH CAROLINA

TORNADOES
THE NUMBER OF TORNADOES IN SOUTH CAROLINA IN 2014 WERE BELOW NORMAL.
THERE WERE ONLY 7 TORNADOES IN THE PALMETTO STATE WITH NO INJURIES
OR DEATHS.  TORNADOES ARE CATEGORIZED BY THEIR STRENGTH ACCORDING TO
THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE, RANGING FROM EF0 (THE WEAKEST) TO EF5
(THE STRONGEST).

THE WIND SPEEDS ASSOCIATED WITH EACH CATEGORY ARE AS FOLLOWS:

EF0:  65    85 MPH
EF1:  86   110 MPH
EF2: 111   135 MPH
EF3: 136   165 MPH
EF4: 166   200 MPH
EF5:     > 200 MPH

ALL SEVEN OF THE 2014 TORNADOES WERE OF  EF0 STRENGTH.  THERE WERE NO
EF1, EF2, EF3, EF4, OR EF5 TORNADOES.

LIGHTNING
IN 2014 THERE WERE NO DEATHS OR INJURIES REPORTED FROM LIGHTNING.
WE NORMALLY HAVE AROUND 2 PEOPLE STRUCK AND KILLED EACH YEAR AROUND 10
PEOPLE INJURED.

2014 TORNADOES

DATE            LOCATION               EF SCALE    DEATHS    INJURIES

MAY  31         CHARLESTON  CO.            0
JUNE  6         BAMBERG CO.                0
JUNE  9         ORANGEBURG CO.             0
JUNE 23         BEAUFORT CO.               0
SEPT. 7         ORANGEBURG CO.             0
OCT. 14         OCONEE CO.                 0
OCT. 14         GREENVILLE CO.             0

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ENCOURAGES YOU TO USE THE SEVERE WEATHER
INFORMATION IN YOUR BROADCASTS OR PRINTED ARTICLES. IF MORE INFORMATION
IS NEEDED OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS, HAVE PANEL
DISCUSSIONS, ETC., CONTACT THE NEAREST NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE,
THE STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE, OR YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
OFFICIAL.













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