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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
900 AM EDT TUE JUN 24 2014

...LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES - SUMMER MONTHS HAVE
THE MOST LIGHTNING DEATHS...

BECAUSE OF INCREASED OUTDOOR ACTIVITY...THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF DEATHS
DUE TO LIGHTNING OCCUR DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. IN A NORMAL
YEAR...BASED ON STATISTICS FROM 1984-2013...THERE ARE 11 DEATHS IN
THE UNITED STATES IN BOTH JUNE AND AUGUST WITH 15 DEATHS IN JULY.

AS OF JUNE 23 2014...UNFORTUNATELY THERE HAVE BEEN 7 PEOPLE KILLED
BY LIGHTNING IN THE UNITED STATES THIS YEAR...ALL MEN OVER 30.

ON JUNE 18 2014 IN PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP MICHIGAN...A 32 YEAR OLD MAN
WAS KILLED UNDERNEATH A TREE IN A PARK.

ON JUNE 13 2014 IN MILTON FLORIDA...A 71 YEAR OLD MAN WAS KILLED
WHILE PICKING BLUEBERRIES.

ON MAY 29 2014 IN POMPANO BEACH FLORIDA...A 55 YEAR OLD MAN WAS
STRUCK AND KILLED WHILE REPAIRING A CAR DEALERSHIP ROOF.

ON MAY 22 2014...A 44 YEAR OLD MAN WAS KILLED WHILE RIDING HIS
MOTORCYCLE IN CIMARRON NEW MEXICO.

ON MAY 14 2014...A 71 YEAR OLD MAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED IN PLANT
CITY FLORIDA WHILE FISHING AT THE EDGE OF A LAKE.

ON MAY 14 2014...A 40 YEAR OLD MAN WAS ROLLING UP THE WINDOWS OF
A CAR AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN SEMINOLE FLORIDA WHEN HE WAS KILLED.

ON MAY 9 2014 IN NACOGDOCHES TEXAS...A 60 YEAR OLD MAN WAS KILLED
NEAR A TREE IN A BACKYARD.

AS YOU CAN SEE...THESE ARE REAL PEOPLE IN REAL SITUATIONS. IN MANY
CASES...YOU CAN PREVENT BEING STRUCK BY FOLLOWING BASIC LIGHTNING
SAFETY RULES. IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO BE
STRUCK. THE ONLY SAFE PLACE IS INDOORS IN A STURDY BUILDING. STAY
AWAY FROM TREES...FENCES...AND HILLTOPS. IF THERE IS NO BUILDING...
THEN TRY TO GET INSIDE A HARD TOPPED AUTOMOBILE...BUT NOT AN
UNPROTECTED MOTORCYCLE. IF ON THE WATER...GET TO SHORE WHEN
BILLOWING CLOUDS ARE SEEN IN THE DISTANCE...THE STORMS CAN ARRIVE
QUICKLY.

REMEMBER THESE RULES...
WHEN THUNDER ROARS GO INDOORS.
IF YOU CAN HEAR IT...FEAR IT.
IF YOU CAN SEE IT...FLEE IT.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING OR LIGHTNING SAFETY...
VISIT THE NOAA LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE AT

HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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