Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Amarillo, TX

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX
654 AM CDT WED JUN 24 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.

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 25000 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! WEATHER.GOV/LIGHTNING

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