Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Duluth, MN

Home | Current Version | Previous Version | Text Only | Print | Product List | Glossary Off
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50

000
NOUS43 KDLH 271242
PNSDLH
MNZ010>012-018>021-025-026-033>038-WIZ001>004-006>009-280500-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DULUTH MN
742 AM CDT FRI JUN 27 2014

...LIGHTNING SAFETY WEEK DAY FIVE...

...TODAYS TOPIC IS THE MEDICAL IMPACTS OF LIGHTNING...

LIGHTNING IS THE SECOND LARGEST CAUSE OF WEATHER RELATED
FATALITIES...WITH FLOODING STILL THE MOST DANGEROUS WEATHER RELATED
KILLER. EVEN SO...ONLY AROUND TEN PERCENT OF PEOPLE STRUCK BY
LIGHTNING ARE KILLED...LEAVING THE SURVIVING NINETY PERCENT WITH
VARIOUS DEGREES OF DISABILITY.

WHILE MOST PEOPLE SURVIVE A LIGHTNING STRIKE...SOME VICTIMS ARE LEFT
WITH PERMANENT...AND POTENTIALLY PAINFUL NEUROLOGICAL DISABILITIES.
MOST...IF NOT ALL...OF THESE TRAGEDIES COULD BE PREVENTED WITH A FEW
SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS. PLAN AHEAD SO YOU CAN REACH A SAFE PLACE IF A
THUNDERSTORM THREATENS...AND GO THERE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SEE SIGNS
OF A DEVELOPING OR APPROACHING THUNDERSTORM. A LITTLE INCONVENIENCE
CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE.

THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS A PERSON CAN BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. THEY
CAN BE HIT BY THE BOLT DIRECTLY...BY A SIDE FLASH...GROUND
CURRENT...CONDUCTION...OR A STREAMER.

IF YOU OBSERVE SOMEONE BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING...FIRST CALL 9 1 1
TO REQUEST PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL HELP. IF NECESSARY...BEGIN C P R AND
USE AN AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR...OR A E D...IF ONE IS
AVAILABLE. CARDIAC ARREST IS THE IMMEDIATE CAUSE OF DEATH FOR
LIGHTNING FATALITIES. EVEN COMPRESSION ONLY C P R WILL PROVIDE THE
VICTIM WITH AN EXCELLENT CHANCE OF SURVIVING.

FOR PEOPLE WHO SURVIVE LIGHTNING STRIKES...THEIR INJURIES TEND TO BE
RELATED TO THE NERVOUS SYSTEM. THE PERSON MAY DEVELOP MEMORY
LOSS...EXPERIENCE A PERSONALITY CHANGE...INCREASED
IRRITABILITY...AND OTHER DISORDERS. CONSCIOUS VICTIMS MAY COMPLAIN
OF HEADACHES...DIZZINESS...FATIGUE AND OTHER POST-CONCUSSION TYPES
OF SYMPTOMS. ANOTHER COMMON AND DELAYED PROBLEM FOR SOME SURVIVORS
IS PAIN...WHICH CAN BE DIFFICULT TO QUANTIFY AND MANAGE.

AS WE HAVE STATED ALL WEEK...PREVENTION IS THE KEY. USE THE SAFETY
TIPS WE HAVE PROVIDED TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY DURING
THIS PEAK SEASON FOR LIGHTNING DANGER.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION...PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR WEB PAGE DEDICATED
TO LIGHTNING INFORMATION AND SAFETY AT...

WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

$$

HUYCK




USA.gov is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.