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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX
651 AM CDT THU JUN 25 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED JUNE 21ST THROUGH JUNE
27TH AS LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY DURING THE
AWARENESS WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT LIGHTNING
RELATED TOPIC.

...LAST RESORT TIPS WHEN YOU ARE FAR FROM A SAFE PLACE...

WHEN YOU ARE GOING CAMPING...HIKING...FISHING OR TAKING PART IN OTHER
ACTIVITIES WHERE YOU WILL BE FAR FROM AN ENCLOSED BUILDING OR
VEHICLE...YOU ARE NOT SAFE DURING A THUNDERSTORM. IF YOU ABSOLUTELY
CANNOT GET TO A SAFE BUILDING OR VEHICLE...YOU CAN SLIGHTLY LESSEN THE
THREAT OF BEING STRUCK WITH THE FOLLOWING TIPS: AVOID OPEN FIELDS,
THE TOP OF A HILL OR A RIDGE TOP. STAY AWAY FROM TALL...ISOLATED TREES
OR OTHER TALL OBJECTS. IF YOU ARE IN A FOREST...STAY NEAR A LOWER
STAND OF TREES. IF YOU ARE IN A GROUP...SPREAD OUT TO AVOID THE
CURRENT TRAVELING BETWEEN GROUP MEMBERS. IF YOU ARE CAMPING IN AN
OPEN AREA...SET UP CAMP IN A VALLEY OR OTHER LOW AREA. REMEMBER...A
TENT OFFERS NO PROTECTION FROM LIGHTNING. STAY AWAY FROM WATER...WET
ITEMS...SUCH AS ROPES...AND METAL OBJECTS...SUCH AS FENCES AND POLES.
WATER AND METAL DO NOT ATTRACT LIGHTNING BUT THEY ARE EXCELLENT
CONDUCTORS OF ELECTRICITY. THE CURRENT FROM A LIGHTNING FLASH WILL
EASILY TRAVEL FOR LONG DISTANCES.

BUT DO NOT KID YOURSELF...YOU ARE NOT SAFE OUTSIDE WHEN THUNDERSTORMS
ARE IN THE AREA. KNOW THE WEATHER PATTERNS OF THE AREA YOU PLAN TO
VISIT. FOR EXAMPLE...IN MOUNTAINOUS AREAS...THUNDERSTORMS TYPICALLY
DEVELOP IN THE EARLY AFTERNOON...SO PLAN TO HIKE EARLY IN THE DAY AND
BE DOWN THE MOUNTAIN BY NOON. LISTEN TO THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE
OUTDOOR AREA YOU PLAN TO VISIT. THE FORECAST MAY BE VERY DIFFERENT
FROM THE ONE NEAR YOUR HOME. IF THERE IS A HIGH CHANCE OF
THUNDERSTORMS...STAY HOME OR NEAR A SAFE LOCATION YOU CAN GET TO
EASILY.

BE A FORCE OF NATURE. WHEN THUNDER ROARS...STAY INDOORS! FIND OUT
TIPS FOR SAFETY INDOORS AND OUTDOORS NEAR AND FAR FROM HOME AT OUR
WEBSITE: WEATHER.GOV/LIGHTNING

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