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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA
728 AM EDT MON JUN 23 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE 22ND
THROUGH 28TH LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THIS IS THE FIRST IN A
SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS TO BE ISSUED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN STATE COLLEGE PA CONTAINING
INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

TODAYS TOPIC...LIGHTNING SAFETY INTRODUCTION.

IN THE UNITED STATES...THERE ARE BETWEEN 20 AND 25 MILLION CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING FLASHES EACH YEAR. WHILE LIGHTNING CAN BE
FASCINATING TO WATCH...IT IS ALSO EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. EACH ONE OF
THOSE 25 MILLION FLASHES IS A POTENTIAL KILLER. BASED ON DATA FOR
THE LAST 30 YEARS...LIGHTNING HAS KILLED MORE THAN 1500 PEOPLE IN
THE UNITED STATES...AN AVERAGE OF 51 PEOPLE PER YEAR BASED ON
DOCUMENTED CASES. IN ADDITION...DURING THIS SAME PERIOD...LIGHTNING
HAS INJURED AN ESTIMATED 15000 PEOPLE...SOME LEFT WITH LIFE LONG
NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE.

IN ADDITION TO THE DEATHS AND INJURIES...LIGHTNING CAUSES
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE ACROSS THE NATION. EACH YEAR, LIGHTNING IS THE
CAUSE OF ABOUT 25000 FIRES. THOSE FIRES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR AN
ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED 12 DEATHS PER YEAR. ALL TOTALED... LIGHTNING
CAUSES NEARLY 1 BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES EACH YEAR.

DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS...WE WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY. WE WILL COVER WHAT
YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS DANGEROUS KILLER. MOST
IMPORTANTLY...WE WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE
OUTSIDE DURING A THUNDERSTORM. WHEN THUNDER ROARS...GO INDOORS.

LIGHTNING FACT FOR TODAY...

THE BEST PROTECTION FROM LIGHTNING IS A SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING.  IF
YOU CAN NOT GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING...A HARD TOPPED METAL
VEHICLE WILL PROTECT YOU FROM LIGHTNING. IF THE VEHICLE IS
STRUCK...THE LIGHTNING WILL FOLLOW THE OUTER METAL SHELL OF THE
VEHICLE TO THE GROUND. IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE
FULLY INSIDE THE VEHICLE WITH THE WINDOWS ROLLED UP. NOTE THAT THE
RUBBER TIRES DO NOT PREVENT THE VEHICLE FROM BEING STRUCK...NOR DO
THEY PROVIDE ANY PROTECTION.

TOPICS LATER THIS WEEK WILL COVER...

TUESDAY...LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES.
WEDNESDAY...LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES.
THURSDAY...LIGHTNING SAFETY AT WORK.
FRIDAY...LIGHTNING SAFETY AROUND THE HOME.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING OR LIGHTNING
SAFETY...VISIT THE NOAA LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE
AT...HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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