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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
205 PM CDT THU MAR 27 2014

...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN NEBRASKA...

TODAY IS THURSDAY AND MARKS THE FOURTH DAY OF SEVERE WEATHER
AWARENESS WEEK FOR THE STATE OF NEBRASKA...WHICH CONTINUES THROUGH
FRIDAY...MARCH 28TH.

SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK PROVIDES THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
AN OPPORTUNITY TO TEST COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AND TO GET POTENTIALLY
LIFESAVING INFORMATION OUT TO THE PUBLIC. NOW IS THE TIME FOR PEOPLE
TO REVIEW THEIR SAFETY PLANS AND BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER
SEASON.

THE TOPIC FOR TODAY IS LIGHTNING.

LIGHTNING IS ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS ASPECTS OF THUNDERSTORMS...
AND IS SOMETIMES NOT TAKEN AS SERIOUSLY AS OTHERS. ALL THUNDERSTORMS
CONTAIN LIGHTNING...AND IF YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO HEAR THUNDER...
YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. LIGHTNING STRIKES 10
TO 15 MILES AWAY FROM A THUNDERSTORM ARE POSSIBLE...AND CALLED THE
BOLT FROM THE BLUE. SUMMER IS THE PEAK SEASON FOR LIGHTNING...BUT DO
NOT BE FOOLED...LIGHTNING STRIKES HAPPEN AT ALL TIMES OF THE YEAR.
WHEN THUNDER ROARS...GO INDOORS.

IN THE UNITED STATES...THE 30 YEAR AVERAGE OF PEOPLE KILLED BY
LIGHTNING IS 54. IN 2013...23 PEOPLE DIED DUE TO LIGHTNING
STRIKES...WITH HUNDREDS OF OTHERS INJURED. THE REPORTED NUMBER OF
INJURIES IS LIKELY FAR LOWER THAN THE ACTUAL TOTAL...BECAUSE MANY
PEOPLE DO NOT SEEK HELP OR DOCTORS DO NOT RECORD IT AS A LIGHTNING
INJURY. PEOPLE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING SUFFER FROM A VARIETY OF LONG
TERM...DEBILITATING SYMPTOMS...INCLUDING MEMORY LOSS...SLEEP
DISORDERS AND NUMBNESS.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE AND A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS...MOVE
INDOORS INTO A STURDY BUILDING OR HARD TOPPED VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY.
IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE AND NO BUILDING OR VEHICLE IS NEARBY...AVOID
STANDING NEAR TALL OBJECTS SUCH AS TREES AND POWER POLES. IF
BOATING...MOVE TO SHORE AND OFF OPEN WATERS. YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE
THE TALLEST OBJECT. ANY OUTDOOR ACTIVITY SHOULD BE DELAYED TO SEEK
SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.

IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING...GET MEDICAL HELP IMMEDIATELY.
WITH PROPER TREATMENT...INCLUDING CPR IF NECESSARY...MOST LIGHTNING
VICTIMS SURVIVE.

ANYTIME THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER EXISTS...STAY UPDATED ON THE
LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION BY GOING ONLINE TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE WEB SITE...WWW.WEATHER.GOV...OR BY TUNING IN TO NOAA WEATHER
RADIO ALL HAZARDS...OR YOUR LOCAL TELEVISION AND RADIO STATION.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CAN BE FOUND
AT: WWW.WEATHER.GOV/NORTHPLATTE.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS INFORMATION PLEASE
CONTACT:

TERESA KECK
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
NORTH PLATTE NE
TERESA.KECK@NOAA.GOV






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