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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
811 AM EDT MON JUN 22 2015

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE 21ST
THROUGH 27TH, LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK.  THIS IS THE
FIRST 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 AND LIGHTNING SAFETY--AN INTRODUCTION

IN THE UNITED STATES, THERE ARE BETWEEN 20 AND 25 MILLION
CLOUD-TO-GROUND LIGHTNING FLASHES EACH YEAR.  MAINE AVERAGES
ABOUT 60,000 FLASHES WHILE NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS ABOUT 30,000
FLASHES. WHILE LIGHTNING CAN BE FASCINATING TO WATCH, IT IS ALSO
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.  EACH ONE OF THOSE 25 MILLION FLASHES IS A
POTENTIAL KILLER.  BASED ON DATA FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS (1985 TO
2014), LIGHTNING HAS KILLED ALMOST 1500 PEOPLE IN THE UNITED
STATES, AN AVERAGE OF 49 PEOPLE PER YEAR BASED ON DOCUMENTED
CASES.  IN ADDITION, DURING THIS SAME PERIOD, LIGHTNING HAS
INJURED AN ESTIMATED 15,000 PEOPLE, SOME LEFT WITH LIFE-LONG
NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE.  IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, MAINE HAS SEEN 4
DEATHS, MAKING IT THE 4TH HIGHEST IN THE NATION PER CAPITA.
DURING THIS SAME PERIOD, NEW HAMPSHIRE HAS NOT HAD A FATAL
LIGHTNING INCIDENT.

IN ADDITION TO THE DEATHS AND INJURIES, LIGHTNING CAUSES
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE ACROSS THE NATION.  EACH YEAR, LIGHTNING IS
THE CAUSE OF ABOUT 25,000 FIRES, INCLUDING ABOUT 4400 HOUSE
FIRES, 1800 OTHER STRUCTURAL FIRES, AND NUMEROUS FOREST FIRES.
THOSE FIRES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR AN ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED 12
DEATHS PER YEAR.  ALL TOTALED, LIGHTNING CAUSES NEARLY $1
BILLION IN DAMAGES EACH YEAR.

DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS, WE`LL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.  WE`LL COVER WHAT
YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS DANGEROUS KILLER.  MOST
IMPORTANTLY, WE WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE
OUTSIDE DURING A THUNDERSTORM.  WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS!

LIGHTNING FACT FOR TODAY:

THE BEST PROTECTION FROM LIGHTNING IS A SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING.
IF YOU CAN`T GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING, A HARD-TOPPED
METAL VEHICLE WILL PROTECT YOU FROM LIGHTNING. IF THE VEHICLE IS
STRUCK, THE LIGHTNING WILL FOLLOW THE OUTER METAL SHELL OF THE
VEHICLE TO THE GROUND.  IT`S IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU`RE
FULLY INSIDE THE VEHICLE WITH THE WINDOWS ROLLED UP. NOTE THAT
THE RUBBER TIRES DO NOT PREVENT THE VEHICLE FROM BEING STRUCK,
NOR DO THEY PROVIDE ANY PROTECTION.


HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS WE`LL COVER LATER THIS WEEK:

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

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
GRAY...MAINE
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