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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Gray ME
0700 AM EDT Tue Jun 20 2017

The National Weather Service has declared the week of June
19th through 23rd, LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK in Maine
and New Hampshire.  This is the second in a series of five
public information statements to be issued by the National
Weather Service Office in Gray, Maine containing
information on lightning and lightning safety.


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 eleven 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, 33 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

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

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