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000 NOUS41 KGYX 201753 PNSGYX MEZ007>009-012>014-018>028-NHZ001>015-202300- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME 153 PM EDT WED MAY 20 2015 ...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NERACOOS CONTINUES TO OBSERVE MAY 16TH THROUGH MAY 22ND AS NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK... ...THUNDERSTORM SAFETY... THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, REMINDING YOU THAT NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK IS MAY 16TH THROUGH MAY 22ND. THUNDERSTORMS CAN BE A MARINERS 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 DAYS 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 DOES NOT 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 AS AT TIMES THEY MAY 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. REMEMBER TO CHECK OUT THE FORECAST BEFORE VENTURING OUT ON THE WATER. OUR LAKES FORECAST FOR SEBAGO AND WINNIPESAUKEE CAN BE FOUND AT WWW.ERH.NOAA.GOV/GYX/LAKEFORECASTS/ THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...NERACOOS AND THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL. VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ON THE WEB AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV...NERACOOS AT WWW.NERACOOS.ORG AND THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL AT WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG $$

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