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Issued by NWS Cleveland, OH

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OHIO
830 AM EDT TUE MAR 18 2014

FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK 2014 IS MARCH 16TH THROUGH MARCH 22ND.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL FEATURE A DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL
TOPIC EACH DAY DURING SAFETY WEEK. TODAY`S TOPIC IS TURN
AROUND...DON`T DROWN.

TURN AROUND DON`T DROWN...OR TADD FOR SHORT...IS A NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE PEOPLE ABOUT THE HAZARDS OF
DRIVING A VEHICLE...OR WALKING THROUGH FLOOD WATERS. THIS YEAR IS
THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TURN AROUND DON`T DROWN PROGRAM.

FLOODING IS THE SECOND LEADING CAUSE OF WEATHER RELATED FATALITIES
IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER HEAT. ON AVERAGE...FLOODING CLAIMS THE
LIVES OF 89 PEOPLE EACH YEAR. MOST OF THESE DEATHS OCCUR IN MOTOR
VEHICLES WHEN PEOPLE ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS. MANY
OTHER LIVES ARE LOST WHEN PEOPLE WALK INTO FLOOD WATERS. THIS
HAPPENS BECAUSE PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATE THE FORCE AND POWER OF
WATER...ESPECIALLY WHEN IT IS MOVING. THE GOOD NEWS IS MOST FLOODING
DEATHS ARE PREVENTABLE WITH THE RIGHT KNOWLEDGE.

JUST SIX INCHES OF FAST MOVING WATER CAN KNOCK OVER AN ADULT. ONLY
EIGHTEEN INCHES OF FLOWING WATER CAN CARRY AWAY MOST
VEHICLES...INCLUDING LARGE SPORTS UTILITY VEHICLES. JUST SIX INCHES
OF WATER WILL REACH THE BOTTOM OF MOST PASSENGER CARS. THIS DEPTH
CAN CAUSE LOSS OF CONTROL OR POSSIBLE STALLING AS WATER IS SUCKED
INTO THE EXHAUST OR WASHES INTO THE AIR INTAKE.

NEVER ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH A FLOOD THAT YOU COULDNT WALK THROUGH
AND BE AWARE THAT WATER HIDES DIPS IN THE ROAD. WORSE STILL...THERE
MAY BE NO ROAD AT ALL UNDER THE WATER. FLOODING CAN WASH AWAY THE
ENTIRE ROAD SURFACE AND A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF GROUND BENEATH. THIS
IS ESPECIALLY TRUE AT NIGHT WHEN YOUR VISION IS MORE LIMITED. IT IS
NEVER SAFE TO DRIVE OR WALK THROUGH FLOOD WATERS. ANY TIME YOU COME
TO A FLOODED ROAD...WALKWAY...OR PATH. FOLLOW THIS SIMPLE
RULE...TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN.

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