Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Paducah, KY

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
1037 AM CDT MON JUN 23 2014

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF JUNE 22ND
THROUGH 28TH LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. THIS IS THE FIRST 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 AND LIGHTING SAFETY: AN INTRODUCTION

IN THE UNITED STATES, THERE ARE BETWEEN 20 AND 25 MILLION
CLOUD-TO-GROUND LIGHTNING STRIKES EACH YEAR. WHILE LIGHTNING CAN BE
FASCINATING TO WATCH, IT IS ALSO EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. EACH ONE OF
THOSE 25 MILLION FLASHES IS A POTENTIAL KILLER. BASED ON DATA FOR
THE LAST 30 YEARS (1984 TO 2013), LIGHTNING HAS KILLED MORE THAN
1,500 PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES, AN AVERAGE OF 51 PEOPLE PER YEAR
BASED ON DOCUMENTED CASES. IN ADDITION, DURING THIS SAME PERIOD,
LIGHTNING INJURED AN ESTIMATED 15,000 PEOPLE, LEAVING SOME WITH
LIFE-LONG NEUROLOGICAL DAMAGE.

IN ADDITION TO THE DEATHS AND INJURIES, LIGHTNING CAUSES
CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE ACROSS THE NATION. EACH YEAR, LIGHTNING IS THE
CAUSE OF ABOUT 25,000 FIRES, INCLUDING ABOUT 4,400 HOUSE FIRES,
1,800 OTHER STRUCTURAL FIRES, AND NUMEROUS FOREST FIRES. THOSE FIRES
ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR AN ADDITIONAL ESTIMATED 12 DEATHS PER YEAR. ALL
TOTALED, LIGHTNING CAUSES NEARLY $1 BILLION IN DAMAGES EACH YEAR.

DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS, WE`LL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
ON LIGHTNING AND LIGHTNING SAFETY. WE`LL COVER WHAT YOU CAN DO TO
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS DANGEROUS KILLER. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE
WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE OUTSIDE DURING A
THUNDERSTORM. WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO INDOORS!

LIGHTNING FACT FOR TODAY: THE BEST PROTECTION FROM LIGHTNING IS A
SUBSTANTIAL BUILDING. IF YOU CAN`T GET INSIDE A SUBSTANTIAL
BUILDING, A HARD-TOPPED METAL VEHICLE WILL PROTECT YOU FROM
LIGHTNING. IF THE VEHICLE IS STRUCK, THE LIGHTING WILL FOLLOW THE
OUTER METAL SHELL OF THE VEHICLE TO THE GROUND. IT`S IMPORTANT TO
MAKE SURE THAT YOU`RE FULLY INSIDE THE VEHICLE WITH THE WINDOWS
ROLLED UP. NOTE THAT THE RUBBER TIRES DO NOT PREVENT THE VEHICLE
FROM BEING STRUCK, NOR DO THEY PROVIDE ANY PROTECTION.

HERE`S A LIST OF TOPICS 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 - LIGHTING 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 (ALL LOWER-CASE):

HTTP://WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV


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