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000 NOUS41 KOKX 280934 PNSOKX CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-291000- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 600 AM EDT TUE APR 28 2015 ...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SEVERAL AGENCIES INCLUDING THE NY STATE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMISSION IS PROMOTING SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY FOR ALL PEOPLE. THIS STATEMENT COVERS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH WINDS PRODUCED BY SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAUSE DEATHS AND INJURIES ACROSS THE TRI-STATE REGION ANNUALLY. ALTHOUGH HAIL CAN DAMAGE PROPERTY AND INJURE PEOPLE AND ANIMALS...IT RARELY KILLS. CLIMATOLOGICALLY...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS OCCUR MOST FREQUENTLY DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON TO EARLY EVENING...BETWEEN MAY AND EARLY SEPTEMBER. A TYPICAL EXAMPLE WOULD BE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FORMING IN A MOIST UNSTABLE AIR MASS AHEAD OF A QUICK MOVING STRONG COLD FRONT. TYPICAL DAMAGE WOULD RESULT FROM STRONG WIND GUSTS ALONG THE LEADING EDGE OF A LINE OF THUNDERSTORMS. WINDS THAT BLOW FROM ONE DIRECTION ARE CALLED STRAIGHT LINE WINDS. SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOKS ARE ISSUED BY THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER UP TO 8 DAYS BEFORE A POTENTIAL EVENT AND BY NWS NEW YORK NY UP TO 7 DAYS BEFORE A POTENTIAL EVENT IN OUR HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK. SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCHES ARE ISSUED BY THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER WITH LEAD TIMES UP TO 6 HOURS. A WATCH MEANS THAT WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND AROUND AN AREA...USUALLY COVERING AN AREA OF SEVERAL THOUSAND SQUARE MILES...AT LEAST THE SIZE OF NEW JERSEY. SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS ARE ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE ON LONG ISLAND FOR 11 COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK...INCLUDING THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY...NEW YORK CITY AND LONG ISLAND...5 COUNTIES IN NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND 4 COUNTIES IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT. WE USE A COMBINATION OF DOPPLER RADAR AND VOLUNTEER SKYWARN SPOTTER OBSERVATIONS TO ISSUE WARNINGS. LAST YEAR...WE CORRECTLY DETECTED AND WARNED FOR 93 PERCENT OF 135 SEVERE THUNDERSTORM EVENTS WITH AN AVERAGE LEAD TIME OF 21 MINUTES. WHEN A WARNING IS ISSUED...TAKE PROTECTIVE ACTION TO SAVE YOUR LIFE OR MINIMIZE DAMAGE TO YOUR PROPERTY. IF THERE IS TIME...SECURE OUTDOOR OBJECTS THAT COULD BLOW AWAY OR CAUSE DAMAGE. REMEMBER THE LIGHTNING SAFETY RULE...IF THUNDER ROARS GO INDOORS. ONCE INDOORS STAY THERE INDOORS FOR 30 MINUTES AFTER LAST SEEING LIGHTNING OR HEARING THE LAST CLAP OF THUNDER. GET INSIDE A HOME...BUILDING...OR HARD TOP AUTOMOBILE - NOT A CONVERTIBLE. ALTHOUGH YOU MAY BE INJURED IF LIGHTNING STRIKES YOUR CAR...YOU ARE MUCH SAFER INSIDE A HARD TOP VEHICLE THAN OUTSIDE. WHEN YOU NEED TIMELY WEATHER INFORMATION...TUNE TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS...THE OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE NWS. THE NEXT STATEMENT COVERS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY. $$

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