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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
800 AM EDT MON JUN 22 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE
21ST THROUGH 27TH PENNSYLVANIA LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.
THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION
STATEMENTS TO BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE
IN BINGHAMTON NY CONTAINING INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING
SAFETY.

LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY: AN INTRODUCTION

IN THE UNITED STATES, THERE ARE BETWEEN 20 AND 25 MILLION
CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING FLASHES EACH YEAR.  WHILE LIGHTNING
CAN BE FASCINATING TO WATCH IT IS ALSO EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.
EACH ONE OF THOSE 25 MILLION FLASHES IS A POTENTIAL KILLER.
BASED ON DATA FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS (1984-2013), LIGHTNING HAS
KILLED MORE THAN 1500 PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES, AN AVERAGE
OF 51 PEOPLE PER YEAR BASED ON DOCUMENTED CASES.  IN ADDITION,
DURING THIS SAME PERIOD, LIGHTNING HAS INJURED AN ESTIMATED 15,000
PEOPLE, SOME LEFT WITH LIFE-LONG NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE.

IN ADDITION TO THE DEATHS AND INJURIES, LIGHTNING CAUSES
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE ACROSS THE NATION.  EACH YEAR, LIGHTNING
IS THE CAUSE OF ABOUT 25,000 FIRES, INCLUDING ABOUT 4400 HOUSE
FIRES, 1800 OTHER STRUCTURAL FIRES AND NUMEROUS FOREST FIRES.
THOSE FIRES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR AN ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED 12
DEATHS PER YEAR.  ALL TOTALED, LIGHTNING CAUSES NEARLY 1 BILLION
DOLLARS IN DAMAGES EACH YEAR.

DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS WE WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.  WE WILL COVER WHAT YOU CAN
DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS DANGEROUS KILLER.  MOST
IMPORTANTLY, WE WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE
OUTSIDE DURING A THUNDERSTORM.  WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS!

LIGHTNING FACT FOR TODAY:

THE BEST PROTECTION FROM LIGHTNING IS A SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING.
IF YOU CAN`T GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING, A HARD-TOPPED
METAL VEHICLE WILL PROTECT YOU FROM LIGHTNING.  IF THE VEHICLE IS
STRUCK LIGHTNING WILL FOLLOW THE OUTER METAL SHELL OF THE
VEHICLE TO THE GROUND.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO MADE SURE THAT YOU ARE
FULLY INSIDE THE VEHICLE WITH THE WINDOWS ROLLED UP.  NOTE THAT
THE RUBBER TIRES DO NOT PREVENT THE VEHICLE FROM BEING STRUCK,
NOR DO THEY PROVIDE ANY PROTECTION.

HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS WE WILL COVER THIS WEEK:

TUESDAY - LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES.
WEDNESDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.
THURSDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AT WORK.
FRIDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AROUND THE HOME.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING OR LIGHTNING SAFETY,
VISIT NOAA`S LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE AT:

HTTPS://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV (ALL LOWER CASE).

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

$$

KAH


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