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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OMAHA/VALLEY NE
845 AM CDT TUE JUN 24 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE 22ND
THROUGH 28TH, LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THIS IS THE SECOND IN
A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS TO BE ISSUED
CONTAINING INFORMATION ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY.

LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES

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 EIGHT 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, 30 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 HESITATE.

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

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 AT:

 HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

$$

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OMAHA/VALLEY NE



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