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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Caribou ME
711 AM EDT Fri May 5 2017

...Severe Weather Preparedness Week Concludes Today...

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?

...Lightning and Flood Threats... While much of the focus during
severe weather is on tornadoes, wind and hail; there are actually
more deaths caused each year by flooding and lightning, which are
also commonly associated with severe weather. If you hear thunder or
see lightning, head inside immediately! When Thunder Roars Go
Indoors! Heavy rainfall from thunderstorms can quickly cause
streams, creeks, and rivers to overrun their banks, and cause street
flooding in urban and country settings. Remember, if you encounter a
flooded roadway, do NOT drive or walk into it.  More than half of of
all flash flooding fatalities are vehicle related and almost always
preventable. Turn Around Don`t Drown!  In addition to vehicle
flooding, swollen rivers and streams have very strong currents that
can easily overpower a person. Don`t get too close and pay special
attention to your childen and pets. Visit
www.weather.gov/lightningsafety and www.weather.gov/floodsafety for
more safety tips and information.


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Hewitt


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