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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
800 AM EDT THU APR 30 2015

...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE HAVE PROCLAIMED APRIL 26 THROUGH MAY 2
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK.

A HAZARDOUS WEATHER COMMUNICATIONS DRILL IS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AT
1:15 PM. A TEST WARNING WILL BE ISSUED STATEWIDE AT THAT TIME VIA
OUR SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT PRODUCT. THIS WILL GIVE ALL NEW
YORKERS... FROM EMERGENCY RESPONDERS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC... THE
OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IF THEY ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE VITAL INFORMATION ON
POTENTIAL WEATHER HAZARDS. THE DRILL ALSO GIVES NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE FORECASTERS THE CHANCE TO TEST THEIR ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE
INFORMATION ON THOSE HAZARDS QUICKLY. TONE ALERT NOAA WEATHER RADIO
RECEIVERS SHOULD ACTIVATE. SAME DIGITAL NOAA WEATHER RADIO RECEIVERS
SHOULD DISPLAY THE ROUTINE MONTHLY TEST /RMT/.

TORNADOES ARE AN AWESOME DISPLAY OF NATURE`S POWER. ALTHOUGH THEY
ARE MOST COMMON IN THE MIDWEST AND GREAT PLAINS... TORNADOES DO
OCCUR IN NEW YORK AS WELL. SIX TORNADOES TOUCHED DOWN IN WESTERN AND
NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK LAST YEAR..INCLUDING ONES IN GENESEE...
CATTARAUGUS... ALLEGANY... MONROE... AND ONTARIO COUNTIES. THESE
TORNADOES RESULTED IN MILLIONS IN DOLLARS OF DAMAGES. FORTUNATELY
THERE WERE NO FATALITIES.

THE PRIMARY MISSION OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS TO PROTECT
LIVES FROM HAZARDOUS WEATHER. METEOROLOGISTS CLOSELY MONITOR THE
ATMOSPHERE FOR CONDITIONS WHICH MAY PRODUCE TORNADOES OR SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS.

IF THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR STORM DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE NEXT
SEVERAL HOURS... A TORNADO WATCH IS ISSUED. WHILE YOU CAN CONTINUE
WITH YOUR ROUTINE ACTIVITIES WHEN A WATCH IS IN EFFECT... YOU SHOULD
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE SKY. IF IT BECOMES UNUSUALLY
THREATENING... OR IF YOU HEAR THUNDER... IT`S ALWAYS BEST TO GO
INDOORS UNTIL THE STORM PASSES. WHY TAKE A CHANCE? TORNADOES CAN
FORM VERY RAPIDLY. ALSO... LISTEN FOR THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION
ON YOUR FAVORITE RADIO OF TV STATION... OR ON NOAA WEATHER RADIO.

DOPPLER RADAR CURRENTLY IN USE AT ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICES HAS GREATLY AIDED FORECASTERS IN DETECTING TORNADOES. IN
ADDITION... VOLUNTEER STORM SPOTTERS TRAINED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE HAVE PROVIDED VALUABLE GROUND TRUTH INFORMATION ON TORNADO
TOUCHDOWNS.

IF A TORNADO IS SIGHTED BY SPOTTERS OR DETECTED ON RADAR... THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD QUICKLY ISSUE A TORNADO WARNING FOR
COMMUNITIES IN THE STORM/S PATH. IF YOU LIVE IN OR NEAR A COMMUNITY
MENTIONED IN THE WARNING... YOU SHOULD TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY BY
GOING INTO AN INTERIOR ROOM... AWAY FROM WINDOWS... ON THE LOWEST
LEVEL OF A STURDY BUILDING. A BASEMENT OFFERS THE BEST PROTECTION
FOLLOWED BY INTERIOR CLOSETS AND HALLWAYS. MOBILE HOMES... EVEN IF
TIED DOWN... OFFER LITTLE PROTECTION FROM TORNADOES AND SHOULD BE
ABANDONED. NEVER ATTEMPT TO OUTRUN A TORNADO IN YOUR CAR. IT IS
ALWAYS BETTER LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE FOR A STURDY SHELTER. IF THAT IS
NOT POSSIBLE... LIE FLAT IN A NEARBY DITCH OR DEPRESSION.
REMEMBER... FLYING DEBRIS FROM THE WIND OF A TORNADO CAUSES MOST
DEATHS AND INJURIES.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY VISIT OUR WEBSITE
/ALL LOWER CASE/ WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/SEVEREWEATHER

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