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Issued by NWS Burlington, VT

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000 NOUS41 KBTV 220900 PNSBTV NYZ026>031-034-035-087-VTZ001>012-016>019-230000- 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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