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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
500 AM EDT MON JUN 22 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THIS WEEK...LIGHTNING

SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.



IN THE UNITED STATES...THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 25 MILLION CLOUD TO

GROUND LIGHTNING FLASHES EACH YEAR. EACH ONE OF THESE FLASHES IS A

POTENTIAL KILLER. LIGHTNING IS A DEADLY SURGE OF ELECTRICAL CURRENT

RESPONSIBLE FOR 50 DEATHS AND HUNDREDS OF INJURIES ANNUALLY IN THE

UNITED STATES. LIGHTNING RELATED INJURIES CAN RESULT IN LIFE-LONG

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DISABILITIES THAT CHANGES AN INDIVIDUALS LIFE AS

WELL AS THEIR FAMILIES.



REMEMBER..."EVERY" THUNDERSTORM CONTAINS POTENTIALLY DEADLY LIGHTNING

THAT CAN STRIKE THE GROUND. THUNDERSTORMS ARE A COMMON OCCURRENCE

ACROSS VERMONT AND NORTHERN NEW YORK...WITH 20 TO 30 DAYS WITH

THUNDERSTORMS ANNUALLY AT ANY GIVEN LOCATION IN THE NORTH COUNTRY.

LIGHTNING IS PARTICULARY DANGEROUS BECAUSE IT USUALLY TRAVELS AWAY

FROM THE RAIN CORE AHEAD OR BEHIND THE STORM AT DISTANCES AS FAR AS

10 TO 15 MILES AWAY FROM THE STORM. THUS...LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE WHERE

NO RAIN IS FALLING!!!



OF THE LIGHTNING CASUALTIES IN THE UNITED STATES...ABOUT 48 PERCENT

OCCURRED IN OPEN FIELDS, BALLPARKS, PLAYGROUNDS, ANOTHER 23 PERCENT

UNDER TREES, 12 PERCENT INVOLVING WATER ACTIVITIES, 6 PERCENT

INVOLVED GOLFING AND 7 PERCENT INVOLVED PERSONS DRIVING FARM OR OTHER

HEAVY EQUIPMENT.



NO PLACE IS SAFE OUTSIDE DURING A THUNDERSTORM!!! THUS...BE VIGILANT

WATCHING THE SKY AND AT FIRST SIGNS OF THREATENING WEATHER LIKE A

DARKENING OF THE SKY OR RUMBLES OF THUNDER...MOVE INSIDE A SAFE

SHELTER.



THE BEST AND PROPER LIGHTNING SHELTER IS A HOUSE...LARGE BUILDING OR

SCHOOL...NOT A CARPORT...GARAGE OR COVERED PATIO. IF NO BUILDING IS

AVAILABLE...GO INSIDE A HARD-TOPPED ALL-METAL VEHICLE.



IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING...IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THEY RECEIVE

THE APPROPRIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY. LIGHTNING VICTIMS DO

NOT CARRY AN ELECTRICAL CHARGE AND ARE SAFE TO HANDLE. CALL 9-1-1 OR

YOUR LOCAL RESCUE SERVICE IMMEDIATELY.



PLEASE STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...YOUR LOCAL MEDIA...OR GO TO

WWW.WEATHER.GOV/BURLINGTON FOR THE LATEST WATCHES AND WARNINGS

ASSOCIATED WITH SEVERE WEATHER ACROSS THE NORTH COUNTRY THIS SUMMER.




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