Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Amarillo, TX

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX
942 AM CDT MON JUN 22 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.

LIGHTNING SAFETY: ALTHOUGH SPRING AND SUMMER ARE THE MOST DEADLY
SEASONS FOR STRIKES...LIGHTNING CAN OCCUR IN ANY OF THE 50 STATES OR
U.S. TERRITORIES AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR. LIGHTNING CLAIMS DOZENS OF
LIVES EACH YEAR AND LEAVES HUNDREDS OF OTHER WITH LONG-TERM OR EVEN
PERMANENT HEALTH PROBLEMS INCLUDING PARALYSIS...BRAIN INJURIES,
DEPRESSION...HEADACHES AND VISION PROBLEMS.

LIGHTNING ALSO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HUNDREDS OF FIRES IN HOMES AND
BUSINESSES AND HAS CAUSED DANGEROUS AND EXPENSIVE WILDFIRES. ON
AVERAGE...LIGHTNING CAUSES $30-$50 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES AND
CLAIMS 30-40 LIVES EACH YEAR. MANY OF THESE DEATHS ARE FISHERMEN,
BOATERS...OR OTHER SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS AND OUTDOOR WORKERS WHO DID NOT
HEAD IN SOON ENOUGH OR LISTEN TO THE FORECAST BEFORE SETTING OUT.
BEING PREPARED AND KNOWING HOW TO STAY SAFE WILL HELP YOU AND YOUR
LOVED ONES STAY ALIVE AND WELL. STAY SAFE DURING A THUNDERSTORM BY
BEING PREPARED IN ADVANCE.

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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MJG





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