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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Charleston WV
707 AM EDT Thu Mar 23 2017

...Public Information Statement for the WV Awareness Week...

Today is the fifth day of the West Virginia severe weather
awareness week. West Virginia Severe weather awareness week runs
through this Saturday March 25, 2017.

The National Weather Service, in conjunction with the West Virginia
Governors Office and the Division of Homeland Security and
Emergency Management will issue information about severe weather
in West Virginia throughout the week.

The goal of Severe Weather Awareness Week is to heighten everyone`s
knowledge of the dangers of flooding, severe thunderstorms and
tornadoes, and to provide information to help everyone get prepared
for severe weather before it occurs.

Daily statements will be issued during the week.  Your local
National Weather Service office will be available throughout
Awareness Week for questions.

Today`s focus will be lightning. All thunderstorms produce lightning
and are dangerous.

Indoors is the only truly safe place to be during a thunderstorm.
Any sturdy, enclosed structure will do:  A school, your home, a
cabin, etc.  If you can`t get indoors, inside a hard-topped vehicle,
with the windows rolled up, is your next best choice.  In either
case, stay away from interior metallic object that may conduct
electricity during a strike, like wiring, piping, etc.  The idea is
for metal conductors in the house walls or car body to divert the
electrical charge around you and safely to ground.  Check the
forecast before you head out and make sure you have a plan in place.

Here are some Lightning safety tips to help you out.

1. Stay away from tall, isolated objects. Lightning typically
strikes the tallest object.

2. Don`t get caught outside without a suitable shelter.  Know the
weather before you leave and have a plan.

3. Avoid leaning against vehicles. Get off bicycles and motorcycles.
Avoid metal! Don`t hold on to metal items such golf clubs, fishing
rods, tennis rackets or tools.

4. Get out of the water. It`s a great conductor of electricity.
Don`t stand in puddles of water, even if wearing rubber boots.

5. Move away from a group of people. Stay several yards away from
other people. Don`t share a bleacher bench or huddle in a group.

How can I safeguard electrical appliances in my home? The most
reliable way to protect sensitive electronic appliances, like TV`s,
computers, etc. is to unplug them BEFORE thunderstorms occur. If
thunderstorms have already begun, stay away from appliances and
their cords since these are possible pathways for lightning`s
electrical charge.

Can I use my phone? You can safely use a cell or cordless phone
provided they aren`t connected to their chargers or bases.  Don`t
ever use a corded telephone during a thunderstorm unless it is an
emergency and a cell or cordless phone is not available.  A corded
telephone is connected directly to a metal conductor, wiring, that
may bring the lightning`s electrical charge your way.

Other information on lightning safety can be found on web at.

www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov, or Call your local National weather
service office or the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security
and Emergency Management for further information.

We invite you to participate in this year`s Severe Weather Awareness
Week campaign....spread the word, learn safety steps you can take to
protect yourself and family, develop a disaster plan.

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