Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Binghamton, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
749 AM EDT WED MAY 20 2015

...WIND AND WAVES...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING
COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, REMINDING YOU THAT NATIONAL
SAFE BOATING WEEK IS MAY 16TH THROUGH MAY 22ND.

THUNDERSTORMS CAN BE A MARINER`S WORST NIGHTMARE.  THEY CAN DEVELOP
QUICKLY AND CREATE DANGEROUS WIND AND WAVE CONDITIONS.  THUNDERSTORMS
CAN BRING SHIFTING AND GUSTY WINDS, LIGHTNING, WATERSPOUTS, AND
TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS WHICH CAN TURN A DAY`S PLEASURE INTO A NIGHTMARE
OF DISTRESS.

THERE ARE NO SPECIFIC WARNINGS OR ADVISORIES FOR LIGHTNING BUT ALL
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE LIGHTNING.  A LIGHTNING STRIKE TO A VESSEL CAN
BE CATASTROPHIC, ESPECIALLY IF IT RESULTS IN A FIRE OR LOSS OF
ELECTRONICS.  IF YOUR BOAT HAS A CABIN, THEN STAY INSIDE AND AVOID
TOUCHING METAL OR ELECTRICAL DEVICES.  IF YOUR BOAT DOES NOT HAVE A
CABIN, STAY AS LOW AS YOU CAN IN THE BOAT.

BOATERS SHOULD USE EXTRA CAUTION WHEN THUNDERSTORM CONDITIONS EXIST
AND HAVE A PLAN OF ESCAPE.  MARINERS ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE AS AT
TIMES THEY MAY BE UNABLE TO REACH PORT QUICKLY.  IT IS THEREFORE STRONGLY
RECOMMENDED YOU DO NOT VENTURE OUT IF THUNDERSTORMS ARE A POSSIBILITY.
IF YOU DO VENTURE OUT AND RECOGNIZE THUNDERSTORMS NEARBY, HEAD TO PORT OR
SAFE SHELTER AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.  ULTIMATELY, BOATING SAFETY BEGINS
ASHORE WITH PLANNING AND TRAINING.  KEEP IN MIND THAT THUNDERSTORMS ARE
USUALLY BRIEF SO WAITING IT OUT IS BETTER THAN RIDING IT OUT.

TO LEARN MORE, VISIT THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL ONLINE, AT
WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG  (ALL LOWER CASE).

CHECK WWW.WEATHER.GOV OR LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS FOR THE
LATEST MARINE FORECASTS AND WARNINGS.

$$

KAH


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