Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
426 AM CDT WED JUN 24 2015 /326 AM MDT WED JUN 24 2015/

...LIGHTNING AWARENESS WEEK 2015...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA HAS
DECLARED JUNE 22ND THROUGH JUNE 27TH AS LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS
WEEK. EACH DAY DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION
ABOUT A DIFFERENT LIGHTNING RELATED TOPIC.

WHILE LIGHTNING CAN BE FASCINATING TO WATCH, IT IS ALSO A POTENTIAL KILLER.
IN THE UNITED STATES, THERE ARE BETWEEN 20 AND 25 MILLION CLOUD TO
GROUND LIGHTNING FLASHES EACH YEAR. EACH ONE OF THOSE 25 MILLION FLASHES
IS A POTENTIAL KILLER.

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 $1 BILLION IN DAMAGES EACH YEAR.

REMEMBER THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE OUTSIDE DURING A THUNDERSTORM.  WHEN
THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS! FOR MORE LIGHTNING SAFETY INFORMATION
VISIT ONLINE AT WEATHER.GOV/LIGHTNING


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