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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
629 AM EDT WED APR 29 2015

THIS IS THE THIRD IN A FIVE PART SERIES ON SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY
WHICH WILL RUN EACH DAY DURING NEW YORK/S SEVERE WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK.

TODAY WE DISCUSS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY. ALL THUNDERSTORMS...
WHETHER THEY ARE SEVERE OR NOT...ARE DANGEROUS DUE TO LIGHTNING. WHEN ONE
APPROACHES...YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOURSELF.

BEFORE A STORM...DEVELOP A SAFETY PLAN YOU CAN IMPLEMENT TO PROTECT
YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY AT HOME...SCHOOL...WORK OR OUTDOORS. IDENTIFY
A SAFE PLACE TO TAKE SHELTER AND KNOW WHAT ACTIONS TO TAKE WHEN A
WARNING IS ISSUED. THE BEST WAY TO DO THIS IS TO CONDUCT FREQUENT DRILLS.

LIGHTNING IS A THUNDERSTORM/S BIGGEST KILLER.  DO NOT USE
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES OR THE TELEPHONE WHILE A THUNDERSTORM IS
NEARBY.

IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS...SEEK SHELTER IN A STURDY BUILDING. KEEP OUT
OF OPEN AREAS SUCH AS PAVILIONS OR GAZEBOS. STAY AWAY FROM TALL
OBJECTS SUCH AS ISOLATED TREES...AND METAL OBJECTS SUCH AS TOWERS
SUPPORTING POWER LINES. ALSO STAY AWAY FROM WIRE FENCES...CLOTHESLINES...
METAL PIPES...AND RAILS. IF IN AN AUTOMOBILE...DO NOT TOUCH METAL
PARTS OR THE EXTERIOR.

LIGHTNING MAY BE ABOUT TO STRIKE IF YOU ARE OUT IN THE OPEN AND FEEL
YOUR HAIR STAND ON END OR YOUR SKIN TINGLE. DROP ONTO YOUR TIPTOES AT ONCE...
BEND FORWARD AND PUT YOUR HANDS ON YOUR HEAD. DON/T LIE FLAT ON THE GROUND.

STAY OUT OF THE WATER. IF YOU ARE BOATING...HEAD TO SHORE AT THE FIRST
SIGN OF THREATENING WEATHER. IN ADDITION TO THE DANGER OF LIGHTNING...
GUSTY THUNDERSTORM WINDS CAN EASILY CAPSIZE SMALL BOATS.

YOU SHOULD ALSO STAY AWAY FROM PLACES THAT COULD FLOOD DURING A
THUNDERSTORM. FLASH FLOODING CAUSED BY HEAVY DOWNPOURS IS
ANOTHER THUNDERSTORM DANGER. LOW LYING AREAS...ESPECIALLY NEAR
STREAMS AND CREEKS...CAN FLOOD RAPIDLY. NEVER DRIVE YOUR CAR INTO A
FLOODED AREA.

REMEMBER...THUNDERSTORMS OCCASIONALLY PRODUCE TORNADOES. AND
SOMETIMES THUNDERSTORM WINDS ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO CAUSE TORNADO
LIKE DAMAGE. SO BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO A SAFE SHELTER WHEN A
THUNDERSTORM IS NEAR.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY AND SEVERE
WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK...CHECK OUT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON
INTERNET WEB SITE AT:

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BGM (ALL LOWER CASE)

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

THURSDAY...TORNADOES.
FRIDAY...FLOODING.

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

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