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000 NOUS41 KOKX 250949 PNSOKX CTZ005>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179- 261000- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 549 AM EDT MON APR 25 2016 ...THIS IS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SEVERAL NEW YORK AGENCIES INCLUDING THE NEW YORK STATE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMISSION IS PROMOTING SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY FOR ALL PEOPLE. ON AVERAGE SEVERE WEATHER HAS KILLED 199 PERSONS PER YEAR ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. ON AVERAGE...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ON LONG ISLAND ISSUES 104 SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS...7 TORNADO WARNINGS AND 61 FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS EACH YEAR. TO REDUCE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING KILLED OR INJURED BY SEVERE WEATHER...IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF SEVERE WEATHER WATCHES AND WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE WIND GUSTS OF AT LEAST 58 MPH...AND OR HAIL OF AT LEAST ONE INCH IN DIAMETER...AND OR A TORNADO. OUR GOAL IS TO CORRECTLY FORECAST AT LEAST 86 PERCENT OF ALL SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH AN AVERAGE LEAD TIME OF AT LEAST 19 MINUTES. TORNADOES ARE VIOLENTLY ROTATING COLUMNS OF AIR IN CONTACT WITH THE GROUND AND ATTACHED TO THE CLOUD BASE ABOVE. OUR GOAL IS TO CORRECTLY FORECAST AT LEAST 72 PERCENT OF ALL TORNADOES. FLASH FLOODING IS A RAPID RISE...WITHIN SIX HOURS...OF WATER ALONG A STREAM OR LOW LYING URBAN AREA. THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF FLASH FLOODING IS DOWNPOURS ASSOCIATED WITH THUNDERSTORMS. OUR GOAL IS TO CORRECTLY FORECAST 76 PERCENT OF ALL FLASH FLOODS WITH AN AVERAGE LEAD TIME OF 61 MINUTES. A WATCH MEANS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...TORNADOES...OR FLASH FLOODING IS POSSIBLE IN AND NEAR THE WATCH AREA. YOU SHOULD CONTINUE WITH YOUR DAILY ROUTINE...BUT BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY SHOULD A WARNING BE ISSUED. A WARNING MEANS THAT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...TORNADOES...OR FLASH FLOODING ARE IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. A WARNING IMPLIES A SIGNIFICANT THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY. YOU SHOULD SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY WHEN A WARNING IS ISSUED. NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS OFFERS THE BEST WAY TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH WEATHER CONDITIONS WHETHER AT HOME...WORK OR PLAY. IT PROVIDES CONTINUOUS BROADCASTS OF WEATHER INFORMATION...WITH IMMEDIATE RELAY OF ANY SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS. NOAA`S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RECOMMENDS EVERYONE HAVE ACCESS TO A NOAA WEATHER RADIO. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS...GO TO OUR WEB PAGE. TOMORROW WE TAKE A LOOK AT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. $$

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