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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HANFORD CA
0800 AM PDT TUE JUN 24 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE 22ND
THROUGH 28TH, LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THIS IS THE SECOND IN
A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS TO BE ISSUED BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN HANFORD, CA CONTAINING INFORMATION
ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES

IF YOU`RE OUTSIDE WHEN A THUNDERSTORM IS IN THE AREA, YOU`RE AT RISK
OF BEING STRUCK AND POTENTIALLY KILLED OR SERIOUSLY INJURED BY
LIGHTNING. HOWEVER, THERE ARE SOME ACTIVITIES THAT LEAD TO MORE
LIGHTNING DEATHS AND INJURIES THAN OTHERS. IN THE PAST EIGHT YEARS,
LEISURE ACTIVITIES LED TO ALMOST TWO THIRDS OF THE LIGHTNING
FATALITIES IN THE UNITED STATES. WATER-RELATED ACTIVITIES, AND
PARTICULARLY FISHING, CONTRIBUTED MOST TO THE FATALITIES. SINCE
2006,
30 PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN FISHING DIED AS A RESULT OF LIGHTNING.
BOATING
AND BEACH ACTIVITIES ALSO CONTRIBUTED SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE DEATH
TOLL. IN MOST CASES, VICTIMS SIMPLY WAITED FAR TOO LONG BEFORE
STARTING TO SEEK SHELTER.

WHEN IT COMES TO WATER-RELATED ACTIVITIES, THERE ARE SEVERAL
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER.

* ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN SO THAT YOU CAN GET TO A SAFE PLACE BEFORE THE
STORM ARRIVES.

* HEAD TO THAT SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SEE ANY SIGNS OF A
DEVELOPING OR APPROACHING THUNDERSTORM. DON`T HESITATE.

QUESTION OF THE DAY -  IF WATER ACTIVITIES ARE SO DANGEROUS, WHY
DON`T
ALL THE FISH IN A POND OR LAKE GET KILLED WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES THE
WATER?

WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES WATER, MOST OF THE DISCHARGE OCCURS ALONG THE
SURFACE OF THE WATER. SINCE MOST FISH SWIM WELL BELOW THE WATER
SURFACE, THEY ARE SAFE. HOWEVER, PEOPLE NORMALLY SWIM ALONG THE
SURFACE OF THE WATER AND CAN EASILY KILLED BY A LIGHTNING DISCHARGE.

HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS WE`LL COVER LATER THIS WEEK:

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
NOAA`S LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE AT:

HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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NWS HANFORD CA






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