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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
800 AM EDT TUE APR 26 2016

THIS IS THE SECOND 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 WHAT CLASSIFIES A THUNDERSTORM AS SEVERE, AND
WHAT THE DIFFERENCES ARE BETWEEN A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
AND A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING. WE ALSO GIVE YOU INFORMATION
ON WHAT TO DO WHEN A WATCH OR WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA.

WHAT IS A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM?

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM IS ANY THUNDERSTORM THAT PRODUCES WIND
GUSTS OF 58 MILES AN HOUR OR HIGHER, AND OR HAIL ONE INCH IN
DIAMETER OR LARGER. THOSE HAILSTONES ARE ABOUT THE WIDTH OF A
QUARTER. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE OFTEN ACCOMPANIED BY TORRENTIAL
DOWNPOURS AND FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING. THEY OCCASIONALLY
PRODUCE TORNADOES WITH LITTLE OR NO ADVANCE WARNING. SOMETIMES VERY
STRONG WINDS IN SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGE THAT PEOPLE
MISTAKE FOR TORNADO DAMAGE.

WHAT IS A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH?

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE
POSSIBLE IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. THE WATCH IS ISSUED TO
ALERT YOU TO THE POSSIBILITY THAT THUNDERSTORMS WITH DAMAGING
WINDS AND LARGE HAIL MAY DEVELOP. A WATCH DOES NOT MEAN SEVERE
WEATHER IS OCCURRING. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE`S STORM
PREDICTION CENTER ISSUES A WATCH FOR MANY COUNTIES AND FOR SEVERAL
HOURS AT A TIME.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS ISSUED?

GO ABOUT YOUR NORMAL ACTIVITIES, BUT WATCH THE SKY AROUND YOU
FOR DEVELOPING STORMS. PERIODICALLY CHECK NOAA WEATHER RADIO, YOUR
MOBILE DEVICE OR TV AND RADIO STATIONS FOR UPDATES AND POSSIBLE
WARNINGS. KNOW WHICH COUNTY YOU LIVE IN, AND WHICH ONES BORDER
YOUR COMMUNITY. IF YOU ARE ON VACATION, OR DRIVING THROUGH AN
UNFAMILIAR AREA, REMEMBER THE NAME OF THE COUNTY YOU ARE IN. KNOW
WHERE YOU ARE IN RELATION TO OTHER TOWNS OR CITIES. PLAN HOW TO
GET TO A SAFE PLACE QUICKLY IF A WARNING IS ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA,
OR IF SEVERE WEATHER IS OBSERVED.

WHAT IS A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING?

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING MEANS A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM IS
GOING TO MOVE THROUGH YOUR COUNTY SOON, SO YOU NEED TO TAKE QUICK
ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE AND PROPERTY. SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WARNINGS ARE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WHEN DOPPLER
WEATHER RADAR HAS DETECTED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM, OR WHEN ONE
HAS BEEN REPORTED BY SKYWARN SEVERE WEATHER SPOTTERS, COUNTY
EMERGENCY OFFICIALS, THE POLICE, OR THE PUBLIC. TYPICALLY THE
WARNING IS ISSUED FOR ONE OR TWO COUNTIES AT A TIME FOR A PERIOD
OF UP TO ONE HOUR.

WHAT TO DO WHEN A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS ISSUED:
IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS, GET INSIDE YOUR HOME, A STRONG BUILDING,
OR IN YOUR CAR. IF THERE IS NO BUILDING NEARBY, YOUR BEST
PROTECTION IS IN A CAVE OR DITCH. BOATERS SHOULD HEAD TO SHORE
IMMEDIATELY.

WHEN INDOORS, GO TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST LEVEL. STAY
AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND DOORS. DO NOT USE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING, PULL OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD UNTIL THE
STORM PASSES. HEAVY RAIN WITH ANY THUNDERSTORM CAN FLOOD ROADS
QUICKLY, SO NEVER TRY TO DRIVE THROUGH AN AREA WHERE WATER
COVERS THE ROAD, EVEN IF YOU THINK IT IS SHALLOW.  THIS WATER MAY
SWEEP YOUR VEHICLE AWAY.

FOR ADDITIONAL SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WEATHER SAFETY AND INFORMATION
ON SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CHECK OUT THE NWS 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:

WEDNESDAY, SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY.
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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