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Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
1102 AM CDT MON JUN 22 2015 /1002 AM MDT MON JUN 22 2015/

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 NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA CONTAINING INFORMATION ON
LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY AN 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
ESTIMATE D 15,000 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 25,000
FIRES, INCLUDING ABOUT 4400 HOUSE FIRES, 1800 OTHER STRUCTURAL FIRES,
AND NUMEROUS FOREST FIRES. THOSE FIRES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR AN
ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED 12 DEATHS PER YEAR. ALL TOTALED, LIGHTNING
CAUSES NEARLY ONE 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 CANNOT 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.

HERE IS A LIST OF TOPICS WE WILL COVER LATER THIS WEEK:

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 OUR LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE AT:

WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

&&


NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORTH PLATTE...NEBRASKA

$$

KECK








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