Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Buffalo, NY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
800 AM EDT TUE APR 28 2015

...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

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

WITH THE BEGINNING OF SPRING IN NEW YORK AND THE GRADUAL RETURN OF
WARMER WEATHER COMES THE INCREASING LIKELIHOOD OF THUNDERSTORMS. AND
AS IS USUALLY THE CASE...A FEW OF THESE STORMS CAN BRING DAMAGING
WINDS... LARGE HAIL... FLOODING RAINS... AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DEFINES A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AS ONE
WHICH PRODUCES WIND GUSTS OF AT LEAST 58 MILES AN HOUR /50 KNOTS/
AND/OR HAIL OF AN INCH IN DIAMETER OR LARGER. FREQUENT CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING AND TORRENTIAL RAIN WHICH CAN OFTEN ACCOMPANY
THEM... DOES NOT DEFINE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

WHEN FORECASTERS AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO... IN
CONSULTATION WITH THE FORECASTERS AT THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER...
DETERMINE THAT ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS FAVOR THE FORMATION OF SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS WITHIN THE NEXT 6 HOURS... A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
IS ISSUED. A WATCH USUALLY COVERS SEVERAL COUNTIES AND MEANS THAT
DAMAGING THUNDERSTORM WINDS OR LARGE HAIL ARE POSSIBLE ALTHOUGH NOT
YET A CERTAINTY.

YOU CAN CONTINUE YOUR NORMAL ACTIVITIES WHEN A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR YOUR COUNTY. HOWEVER YOU SHOULD REMAIN ALERT
TO THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE STORMS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE QUICK
ACTION. KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE SKY FOR THREATENING WEATHER
CONDITIONS AND BE READY TO MOVE TO SAFE SHELTER IF NECESSARY.

BOATERS MAY WISH TO STAY CLOSER TO SHORE.

HAVE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO HANDY OF CHECK WITH YOUR FAVORITE RADIO OR
TV STATION FOR THE LATEST WEATHER.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS ARE ISSUED WHEN A SEVERE STORM IS
EITHER DETECTED ON WEATHER RADAR OR REPORTED BY STORM SPOTTERS TO BE
OCCURRING. WHEN A WARNING IS IN EFFECT... YOU SHOULD TAKE QUICK
ACTION TO PROTECT YOURSELF. GO INDOORS IN A STURDY BUILDING... AWAY
FROM WINDOWS WHICH CAN SHATTER... OR DOORS WHICH CAN SWING OPEN FROM
THE WIND. THE BEST PLACE IN A BUILDING IS A SMALL INTERIOR ROOM OR
HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR. AVOID USING THE TELEPHONE OR OTHER
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES UNLESS IT`S AN EMERGENCY.

BOATERS SHOULD GET TO SHORE IMMEDIATELY OR GET BELOW DECK.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING... BE ALERT TO THE POSSIBILITY OF ROAD FLOODING.
DO NOT DRIVE WHERE WATER IS COVERING THE ROAD. THE WATER MAY BE
HIDING A WASHOUT... AND IT ONLY TAKES A FEW FEET OF RAPIDLY FLOWING
WATER TO SWEEP AWAY YOUR VEHICLE.

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

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LEVAN


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