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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
0705 AM EDT TUE JUN 24 2014


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF
JUNE 22ND THROUGH 28TH, LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.
 THIS IS THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC
INFORMATION STATEMENTS TO BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY, ME CONTAINING INFORMATION
ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES

IF YOU`RE OUTSIDE WHEN A THUNDERSTORM IS IN THE AREA,
YOU`RE AT RISK OF BEING STRUCK AND POTENTIALLY KILLED OR
SERIOUSLY INJURED BY LIGHTNING.  HOWEVER, THERE ARE SOME
ACTIVITIES THAT LEAD TO MORE LIGHTNING DEATHS AND
INJURIES THAN OTHERS.
IN THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, LEISURE ACTIVITIES LED TO ALMOST
TWO THIRDS OF THE LIGHTNING FATALITIES IN THE UNITED
STATES. WATER-RELATED ACTIVITIES, AND PARTICULARLY
FISHING, CONTRIBUTED MOST TO THE FATALITIES. SINCE 2006,
30 PEOPLE WHO HAD BEEN FISHING DIED AS A RESULT OF
LIGHTNING.  BOATING AND BEACH ACTIVITIES ALSO CONTRIBUTED
SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE DEATH TOLL.  IN MOST CASES, VICTIMS
SIMPLY WAITED FAR TOO LONG BEFORE STARTING TO SEEK
SHELTER.

WHEN IT COMES TO WATER-RELATED ACTIVITIES, THERE ARE
SEVERAL IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER.

  * ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN SO THAT YOU CAN GET TO A SAFE
    PLACE BEFORE THE STORM ARRIVES.

  * HEAD TO THAT SAFE PLACE IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SEE ANY SIGNS
    OF A DEVELOPING OR APPROACHING THUNDERSTORM.  DON`T
    HESITATE.

QUESTION OF THE DAY - IF WATER ACTIVITIES ARE SO
DANGEROUS, WHY DON`T ALL THE FISH IN A POND OR LAKE GET
KILLED WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES THE WATER?

WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES WATER, MOST OF THE DISCHARGE
OCCURS ALONG THE SURFACE OF THE WATER.  SINCE MOST FISH
SWIM WELL BELOW THE WATER SURFACE, THEY ARE SAFE.
HOWEVER, PEOPLE NORMALLY SWIM ALONG THE SURFACE OF THE
WATER AND CAN EASILY KILLED BY A LIGHTNING DISCHARGE.

HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS THAT WERE COVERED EARLIER THIS WEEK OR
WILL BE COVERED LATER THIS WEEK.

MONDAY - LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY - AN INTRODUCTION
TUESDAY - LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES
WEDNESDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES
THURSDAY - LIGHTNING SAFETY AT WORK
FRIDAY -  LIGHTNING SAFETY AROUND THE HOME

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING OR LIGHTNING
SAFETY, VISIT NOAA`S LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEB SITE
AT:

     HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV
$$


NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
GRAY...MAINE
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