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Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
425 AM EDT THU MAY 21 2015

...NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK CONTINUES TODAY...

...THUNDERSTORM SAFETY...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. THUNDERSTORMS CAN
BE A MARINER`S WORST NIGHTMARE. THEY CAN DEVELOP QUICKLY AND CREATE
DANGEROUS WIND AND WAVE CONDITIONS. THUNDERSTORMS CAN BRING SHIFTING
AND GUSTY WINDS, LIGHTNING, WATERSPOUTS, AND TORRENTIAL DOWNPOURS
WHICH CAN TURN A DAY`S PLEASURE INTO A NIGHTMARE OF DISTRESS.

THERE ARE NO SPECIFIC WARNINGS OR ADVISORIES FOR LIGHTNING BUT ALL
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE LIGHTNING. A LIGHTNING STRIKE TO A VESSEL CAN
BE CATASTROPHIC, ESPECIALLY IF IT RESULTS IN A FIRE OR LOSS OF
ELECTRONICS. IF YOUR BOAT HAS A CABIN, THEN STAY INSIDE AND AVOID
TOUCHING METAL OR ELECTRICAL DEVICES. IF YOUR BOAT DOESN`T HAVE A
CABIN, STAY AS LOW AS YOU CAN IN THE BOAT.

BOATERS SHOULD USE EXTRA CAUTION WHEN THUNDERSTORM CONDITIONS EXIST
AND HAVE A PLAN OF ESCAPE. MARINERS ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE
BECAUSE AT TIMES THEY MAY BE UNABLE TO REACH PORT QUICKLY. IT IS
THEREFORE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED YOU DO NOT VENTURE OUT IF
THUNDERSTORMS ARE A POSSIBILITY. IF YOU DO VENTURE OUT AND RECOGNIZE
THUNDERSTORMS NEARBY, HEAD TO PORT OR SAFE SHELTER AS QUICKLY AS
POSSIBLE. ULTIMATELY, BOATING SAFETY BEGINS ASHORE WITH PLANNING AND
TRAINING. KEEP IN MIND THAT THUNDERSTORMS ARE USUALLY BRIEF SO
WAITING IT OUT IS BETTER THAN RIDING IT OUT.

HTTP://WWW.NWS.NOAA.GOV/OS/MARINE/SAFEBOATING/THUNDERSTORM.SHTML

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HEWITT


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