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Issued by NWS Bismarck, ND

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
530 PM CDT TUESDAY AUG 9 2016 /430 PM MDT TUE AUG 9 2016/

...SAFETY RULES FOR LIGHTNING...

LIGHTNING IS A KILLER SO DO NOT USE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES DURING
THUNDERSTORMS. USE THE PHONE ONLY IN AN EMERGENCY. STAY INDOORS
AND AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND DOORS.

IF CAUGHT OUTDOORS, GET OFF OF OPEN VEHICLES SUCH AS FARM AND
CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT. DO NOT BE IN CONTACT WITH METAL OBJECTS.
REMOVE METAL CLEATS. DO NOT BE THE TALLEST OBJECT AROUND AND AVOID
OBJECTS THAT ARE ABOVE THE LANDSCAPE. IF ON A BOAT OR SWIMMING, GET
OUT OF THE WATER AND MOVE TO SHORE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

IN YOUR HOME, YOU MAY WANT TO UNPLUG YOUR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT. DO
NOT TAKE A BATH OR SHOWER DURING THUNDERSTORMS.

REMEMBER, IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER, YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE STORM
TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. GO TO A SAFE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

...SAFETY RULES FOR FLASH FLOODS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BISMARCK HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD
WATCH. THIS MEANS THAT RAPID FLOODING IS POSSIBLE IN THE WATCH AREA.

MOST FLASH FLOODS IN NORTH DAKOTA ARE CAUSED BY SLOW-MOVING
THUNDERSTORMS OR THUNDERSTORMS REPEATEDLY MOVING OVER THE SAME AREA.
FLASH FLOODING OCCURS WITHIN SIX HOURS OF THE RAIN EVENT. FLOODS
KILL MORE PEOPLE EACH YEAR THAN DO TORNADOES AND LIGHTNING.

SIX INCHES OF FAST-MOVING FLOOD WATER CAN KNOCK YOU OFF YOUR FEET,
AND A DEPTH OF TWO FEET WILL FLOAT YOUR VEHICLE. NEVER TRY TO WALK,
SWIM, OR DRIVE THROUGH FAST MOVING WATER. IF YOU COME UPON FLOOD
WATERS, STOP! TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY.

NEARLY HALF OF ALL FLASH FLOOD FATALITIES ARE AUTO RELATED. LOOK OUT
FOR FLOODING AT HIGHWAY DIPS, BRIDGES, AND LOW AREAS. MANY FLASH
FLOODS OCCUR AT NIGHT, BE PREPARED TO TAKE QUICK ACTION.

STAY INFORMED ABOUT THE STORM BY LISTENING TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO AND
COMMERCIAL RADIO OR TELEVISION FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION.


...SAFETY RULES FOR SEVERE SUMMER STORMS...

A (SEVERE THUNDERSTORM/TORNADO) WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AND SAFETY
RULES MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE.

A WATCH MEANS THAT WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE
DEVELOPMENT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND POSSIBLY TORNADOES. DURING A
WATCH, YOU SHOULD GO ABOUT YOUR NORMAL BUSINESS, BUT STAY UPDATED ON
THE LATEST WEATHER DEVELOPMENTS AND BE PREPARED TO GO TO A PLACE OF
SAFETY.

A WARNING MEANS THAT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS OR TORNADOES HAVE BEEN
REPORTED, OR HAVE BEEN DETECTED BY RADAR. PEOPLE IN THE WARNED AREA
SHOULD SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS, LARGE HAIL, HEAVY
RAINS, AND DEADLY LIGHTNING. WATCH FOR SIGNS OF AN APPROACHING
STORM. KEEP A NOAA WEATHER RADIO WITH YOU.

FLYING DEBRIS FROM DAMAGING THUNDERSTORM WINDS CAN INJURE OR KILL.
SEEK SHELTER FROM THE WIND. STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND MOVE TO THE
CENTER OF THE BUILDING.

LIGHTNING IS A KILLER SO DO NOT USE ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES DURING
THUNDERSTORMS. USE THE PHONE ONLY IN AN EMERGENCY. IF CAUGHT
OUTDOORS, GET OFF OF OPEN VEHICLES SUCH AS FARM AND CONSTRUCTION
EQUIPMENT.

AVOID AREAS PRONE TO FLASH FLOODING SUCH AS DRY CREEK BEDS, SMALL
STREAMS AND DIPS I THE ROAD.

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AJ



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