Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
800 AM EDT WED APR 27 2016

THIS IS THE THIRD OF A FIVE PART SERIES ON SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY
WHICH WILL RUN EACH DAY DURING NEW YORK AND PENNSYLVANIA`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 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, CLOTHES
LINES, 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/preparednessSWAW

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 EMAIL AT
DAVID.NICOSIA@NOAA.GOV

$$

DJN



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