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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY

800 AM EDT MON APR 25 2016



THIS IS THE FIRST OF A FIVE PART SERIES ON SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY
WHICH WILL RUN EACH DAY DURING NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA`S SEVERE
WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK.



THIS WEEK, APRIL 24TH THROUGH APRIL 30TH, HAS BEEN DECLARED SEVERE
WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN BOTH NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA. NOAA`S
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JOINS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STATE
AGENCIES OF BOTH NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA, LOCAL AGENCIES,
VOLUNTEER AGENCIES, AND PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS IN URGING ALL
RESIDENTS TO LEARN HOW TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE HAZARDS OF
FLOODING, TORNADOES, AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.



OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS, TORNADOES AND FLASH
FLOODS HAVE KILLED 51 PEOPLE IN NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA AND
CAUSED MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE IN BINGHAMTON HAS ISSUED NEARLY 2000 WARNINGS FOR SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS, TORNADOES AND FLASH FLOODS SINCE 2006. TO REDUCE
YOUR CHANCES OF BEING KILLED OR INJURED BY SEVERE WEATHER, IT
IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES
AND WARNINGS.



SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE DEFINED AS THOSE THUNDERSTORMS THAT
PRODUCE WINDS OF 58 MPH OR GREATER AND OR HAIL OF ONE INCH IN
DIAMETER OR LARGER. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS THAT SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS, TYPICALLY
NO MORE THAN SIX HOURS. YOU SHOULD CONTINUE WITH YOUR DAILY
ROUTINE, BUT BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY SHOULD A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING BE ISSUED. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WARNING MEANS THAT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURING.
A WARNING IMPLIES A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY. YOU
SHOULD SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY WHEN A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WARNING IS ISSUED.



TORNADOES ARE VIOLENTLY ROTATING COLUMNS OF AIR IN CONTACT WITH
THE GROUND AND ATTACHED TO THE CLOUD BASE ABOVE. LIKE A SEVERE
THUNDERSTORM WATCH, TORNADO WATCH MEANS THAT TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE
OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS AGAIN USUALLY NO MORE THAN SIX HOURS.
A TORNADO WARNING MEANS THAT A TORNADO IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.
A TORNADO WARNING IMPLIES AN IMMEDIATE THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.
TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.



FLASH FLOODING IS A RAPID RISE, WITHIN SIX HOURS, OF WATER ALONG
A STREAM OR LOW LYING URBAN AREA. THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF FLASH
FLOODING IS HEAVY DOWNPOURS ASSOCIATED WITH THUNDERSTORMS. A FLASH
FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR FLASH FLOODING.
CONTINUE WITH YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES, BUT BE PREPARED TO HEAD TO A
PLACE OF SAFETY SHOULD A FLASH FLOOD WARNING BE ISSUED. A FLASH
FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. FLOOD
WATERS CAN RISE RAPIDLY. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY WHEN A FLASH
FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED.



NOAA WEATHER RADIO OFFERS THE BEST WAY TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH
DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS 24 HOURS A DAY AND 7 DAYS A WEEK,
WHETHER AT HOME, WORK OR PLAY. NOAA WEATHER RADIO PROVIDES
CONTINUOUS BROADCASTS OF WEATHER INFORMATION, WITH IMMEDIATE
RELAY OF ANY SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS. NOAA`S NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE RECOMMENDS EVERYONE HAVE ACCESS TO A NOAA WEATHER RADIO.



THE WEATHER SAFETY TOPICS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK WILL BE
AS FOLLOWS:



TUESDAY, SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

WEDNESDAY, SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY.

THURSDAY, TORNADOES.

FRIDAY, FLOODING.



FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK, PLEASE VISIT



http://www.weather.gov/bgm/preparednessSWAW


YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT, DAVID NICOSIA, WARNING COORDINATION
METEOROLOGIST FOR NOAA`S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN
BINGHAMTON, AT 607-770-9531 X 223, OR EMAIL AT
DAVID.NICOSIA@NOAA.GOV



$$

DJN



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