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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
900 AM CDT THU MAY 21 2015

...MAY 16 THROUGH MAY 22 IS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK...TODAYS
SUBJECT...THUNDERSTORM SAFETY...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR THIS YEARS
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK.

THUNDERSTORMS CAN BE A MARINERS 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 TURN A DAYS 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 CN
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.

THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND
THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL.  VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE ON THE WEB AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV AND THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING
COUNCIL AT WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG.


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