Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Paducah, KY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
128 PM CDT TUE JUN 24 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

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 BY THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN PADUCAH KY 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 SERIOUSLY INJURED OR KILLED BY
LIGHTNING. HOWEVER, THERE ARE SOME ACTIVITIES THAT LEAD TO MORE
LIGHTNING INJURIES AND DEATHS 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, PARTICULARLY FISHING, CONTRIBUTED THE MOST 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
      A 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`S
SURFACE, THEY ARE SAFE. HOWEVER, PEOPLE NORMALLY SWIM ALONG THE
SURFACE OF THE WATER AND CAN EASILY BE KILLED BY A LIGHTNING
DISCHARGE.

HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS THAT WE`LL COVER THROUGH THE WEEK:

MONDAY - LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY: AN INTRODUCTION
TUESDAY - LIGHTNING`S MOST DEADLY ACTIVITIES
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 WEBSITE AT (ALL LOWER-CASE):

HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV

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