Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
545 AM EDT Wed May 3 2017

...Severe Weather Preparedness Week...

The National Weather Service Caribou, Maine has declared May 1st
through May 5th as Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Each day during
the preparedness week will feature information about a different
severe weather related topic.

New England will quickly transition from early spring weather to
more summer like weather patterns over the next several weeks. Along
with the warmer weather comes an increasing threat of thunderstorms,
and with it comes the threat for severe weather.  Are you prepared
for severe weather?  Do you know where and how to receive forecasts?
Do you know how to receive warnings and watches for severe weather?
Do you know what to do during and after severe weather impacts you?

...Know the Difference Between a Watch and a Warning... It is vital
to your safety to know the difference between a watch and a warning.
During severe weather season, watches and warnings may be issued for
severe storms, tornadoes and flash floods.

...Watch - Get Ready!... A Watch is issued when a specific weather
hazard is possible. For example, if the weather conditions are such
that tornadoes might form, a watch will be issued. Tornadoes are not
yet occurring when a watch is issued. This gives you time to get
prepared. If you know what time of day storms are forecast to occur,
you can plan where you will need to shelter should a tornado occur.
You can also make plans for how to get yourself and your family,
including pets, to that shelter if necessary. The Watch also gives
you a chance to test your communications plan and alert family and
friends to the threat of dangerous weather.

...Warning - Take Action!... A Warning is issued when a specific
weather hazard is currently occurring or will be occurring very
soon. If a Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued you should get
inside a building immediately and stay away from windows and
electrical appliances with cords. If a Tornado Warning is issued you
should go to the lowest level of a sturdy building to an interior
room with no windows.

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Join us tomorrow for information on what to do when severe weather strikes.


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