Public Information Statement
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000 NOUS41 KLWX 221715 PNSLWX DCZ001-MDZ003>006-011-013-014-016>018-501>508-VAZ025>031-036>040- 050>057-501>508-WVZ050>053-055-501>506-222200- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON DC 115 PM EDT FRI MAY 22 2015 ...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT... THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR THIS YEAR`S SAFE BOATING WEEK. THUNDERSTORMS CAN BE A MARINER`S WORST NIGHTMARE. THEY CAN DEVELOP QUICKLY AND CREATE DANGEROUS WIND AND WAVE CONDITIONS...AND ON RARE OCCASIONS WATERSPOUTS. THUNDERSTORM ASSOCIATED DOWNPOURS AND LIGHTNING CAN TURN A DAY`S 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 DOESN`T 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. IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED YOU DO NOT VENTURE OUT IF THUNDERSTORMS ARE A POSSIBILITY. IF YOU DO GO OUT AND RECOGNIZE THUNDERSTORMS ARE NEARBY...HEAD TO PORT OR SAFE SHELTER AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. ULTIMATELY BOATING SAFETY BEGINS ASHORE WITH PLANNING AND TRAINING. REMEMBER THAT THUNDERSTORMS ARE USUALLY BRIEF SO WAITING IT OUT IS BETTER THAN RIDING IT OUT. THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL. VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ON THE WEB AT WWW.WEATHER.GOV AND THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL AT WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG. $$

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