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000 NOUS41 KOKX 271125 PNSOKX NJZ108-NYZ072-074-075-078>081-176>179-280500- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 725 AM EDT WED MAY 27 2015 ...NATIONAL HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK IS FROM MAY 24 TO MAY 30... PLEASE JOIN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN UPTON NEW YORK IN OBSERVING NATIONAL HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS WEEK. TODAYS TOPIC IS INLAND FRESHWATER FLOODING. WHEN IT COMES TO HURRICANES...WIND SPEEDS DO NOT TELL THE WHOLE STORY. INLAND FLOODING CAN BE A MAJOR THREAT TO COMMUNITIES WELL INLAND FROM THE COAST AS INTENSE RAIN FALLS FROM THESE HUGE TROPICAL AIR MASSES. THE MAGNITUDE OF THE RAINFALL IS NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO A TROPICAL CYCLONES INTENSITY. IN FACT...SOME OF THE WORST FLOODING EVENTS HAVE OCCURRED FROM WEAKER STORMS THAT DRIFT OR STALL OVER THE AREA. INLAND FLOODING IS THE SECOND DEADLIEST HAZARD ASSOCIATED WITH TROPICAL CYCLONES IN THE UNITED STATES. INLAND FLOODING ASSOCIATED WITH HURRICANE FLOYD IN 1999 WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR 50 OF THE 56 DEATHS FROM THE STORM. SO THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAR HURRICANE...ALSO THINK INLAND FLOODING. BE PREPARED THIS HURRICANE SEASON...AND VISIT HURRICANES.GOV AND READY.GOV/HURRICANES. $$

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