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Public Information Statement...corrected
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
800 AM EDT Tue Jun 14 2016

The National Weather Service has declared the week of June
13th through 17th Pennsylvania lightning safety awareness week.
This is the second in a series of five public information
statements to be issued by the National Weather Service (NWS)
office in Binghamton, NY containing information on lightning
and lightning safety.

Today`s Topic: Leisure activities at risk

If you`re outside when a thunderstorm develops, and you can
hear thunder, you are at risk of being struck. Lightning has
the potential to kill or seriously injure someone. Some outdoor
activities create more risk, and tend to lead to more lightning
deaths and injuries than others. Almost two thirds of all lightning
victims occurred from leisure activities outside.

A common myth is that golfers are most often struck by lightning
than other outdoor activities. That myth is far from the truth.
From 2006 to 2015, fishermen accounted for more than four times
as many fatalities as golfers, while beach activities and camping
accounted for twice as many deaths than golf. In most cases,
victims simply waited far too long before starting to seek shelter.

Lightning will strike many different surfaces of water such as:
rivers, streams, lakes and oceans. When lightning strikes water,
mostof the discharge occurs along the surface. Since most fish are
well below the surface of the water, they survive.  However, people
normally swim along the surface of the water and can easily be
killed by a lightning discharge.

When it comes to water-related activities, always have a plan.

Your plan should at least consist of part 1 and 2 listed below:

1. Find a safe place before a storm arrives.

2. Know how to get to the safe place immediately. If you see any
signs of a developing or approaching thunderstorm, go immediately
to your designated safe place.

A list of topics we will cover this week:

Wednesday June 15: Lightning safety and sports activities.
Thursday June 16: Lightning safety at work.
Friday June 17: Lightning safety at home.

For additional information about lightning or lightning safety,
visit NOAA`s lightning safety awareness web site at:

Or contact David Nicosia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for
NOAA`s National Weather Service (NWS) in Binghamton, NY at
607-770-9531 x 223or via email at
Or you may contact Kat Hawley,Meteorologist at NOAA`s NWS at

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