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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
745 AM EDT Fri Jun 19 2017

This week, June 18th through 24th, is New York State Lightning
Safety Awareness Week.  This is the first in a daily series of
public information statements containing information on lightning
and lightning safety.

Lightning and lightning safety: An Introduction

In the united states, there are between 20 and 25 million cloud to
ground lightning flashes each year.  While lightning can be
fascinating to watch it is also extremely dangerous. Each one of
those 25 million flashes is a potential killer. Based on data for
the last 30 years (1984-2013), lightning has killed more than 1500
people in the united states, an average of 51 people per year based
on documented cases.  In addition, during this same period,
lightning has injured an estimated 15,000 people, some left with
life-long neurological damage.

In addition to the deaths and injuries, lightning causes
considerable damage across the nation.  Each year, lightning is the
cause of about 25,000 fires, including about 4400 house fires, 1800
other structural fires and numerous forest fires.Those fires are
responsible for an additional estimated 12 deaths per year.  All
totaled, lightning causes nearly 1 billion dollars in damages each
year.

During the next several days we will provide additional information
on lightning and lightning safety.  We will cover what you can do to
protect yourself from this dangerous killer.  Most importantly, we
want you to remember that there is no safe place outside during a
thunderstorm.  When thunder roars, go indoors!

Lightning fact for today:

The best protection from lightning is a substantial building. If you
can`t get inside a substantial building, a hard-topped metal vehicle
will protect you from lightning.  If the vehicle is struck,
lightning will follow the outer metal shell of the vehicle to the
ground.  It is important to made sure that you are fully inside the
vehicle with the windows rolled up.  Note that the rubber tires do
not prevent the vehicle from being struck, nor do they provide any
protection.

Here`s a list of topics we will cover the rest of this week:

Tuesday  lightning`s most deadly activities.
Wednesday  lightning safety and sports activities.
Thursday  lightning safety at work.
Friday - lightning safety around the home.

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

https://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov

You can also contact David Nicosia Warning Coordination
Meteorologist for NOAAs National Weather Service in Binghamton at
607-770-9531 x 223 or via email at david.nicosia@noaa.gov

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DJN


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