Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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000 NOUS41 KCAR 271018 PNSCAR MEZ001>006-010-011-015>017-029>032-272230- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME 618 AM EDT WED APR 27 2016 ...SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, MAINE HAS DECLARED APRIL 25TH THROUGH MAY 1ST 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. VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OM/SEVEREWEATHER FOR MORE INFORMATION. $$

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