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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
608 AM CST THU MAR 5 2015

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608 AM CST THU MAR 5 2015

...TODAYS TOPIC FOR SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN OKLAHOMA
AND ARKANSAS IS LIGHTNING...

THIS WEEK...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY ARE HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING AND
PREPARING FOR SEVERE WEATHER BEFORE IT STRIKES. BEING PREPARED TO
ACT QUICKLY CAN BE A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.

CITIZENS OF OKLAHOMA AND ARKANSAS ARE URGED TO USE THIS WEEK TO PLAN
AND PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING SEVERE WEATHER SEASON. REVIEW SEVERE
WEATHER SAFETY RULES AND BETTER UNDERSTAND THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED
WITH SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TULSA WILL ISSUE STATEMENTS
HIGHLIGHTING DIFFERENT TOPICS EACH DAY DURING THE WEEK...AND TODAYS
TOPIC IS LIGHTNING.

THERE ARE AN ESTIMATED 25 MILLION CLOUD-TO-GROUND LIGHTNING FLASHES
EACH YEAR. WHILE LIGHTNING CAN BE FASCINATING TO WATCH...IT IS ALSO
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DURING THE PAST 30 YEARS...LIGHTNING KILLED AN
AVERAGE OF 53 AMERICANS PER YEAR AND INJURED ANOTHER 300. THE NUMBER
OF AMERICANS KILLED BY LIGHTNING TYPICALLY EXCEEDS THE NUMBER OF
DEATHS RESULTING FROM BOTH TORNADOES AND HURRICANES. OVER THE PAST
FIVE YEARS...THE NUMBER OF LIGHTNING RELATED FATALITIES WAS ACTUALLY
BELOW THIS LONG TERM AVERAGE WITH ONLY 29 AMERICANS KILLED BY
LIGHTNING IN 2010...26 IN 2011...28 IN 2012...23 IN 2013...AND 26 IN
2014.

BY DEFINITION...ALL THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE LIGHTNING AND DURING A
THUNDERSTORM EACH FLASH OF CLOUD-TO-GROUND LIGHTNING IS A POTENTIAL
KILLER. ALTHOUGH SOME VICTIMS ARE STRUCK DIRECTLY BY THE MAIN
VISIBLE LIGHTNING STROKE...MANY OTHER VICTIMS ARE STRUCK AS THE
CURRENT MOVES IN AND ALONG THE GROUND. WHILE VIRTUALLY ALL PEOPLE
TAKE SOME PROTECTIVE ACTION DURING A THUNDERSTORM...MANY LEAVE
THEMSELVES VULNERABLE TO BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING AS THUNDERSTORMS
APPROACH...DEPART...OR ARE NEARBY.

LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE AS FAR AWAY AS 10 MILES FROM THE RAIN AREA OF A
THUNDERSTORM...WHICH IS ABOUT THE DISTANCE FROM A STORM THAT YOU ARE
ABLE TO HEAR THE THUNDER. IF YOU CAN HEAR THE THUNDER THEN YOU ARE
WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF THAT STORM.

GO INDOORS AND SUSPEND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IF YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO
A STORM TO HEAR THUNDER. STAY INDOORS FOR 30 MINUTES AFTER HEARING
THE LAST CLAP OF THUNDER. FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES WILL BETTER
ENSURE THAT YOU ARE OUT OF HARMS WAY WHEN THE STORM APPROACHES YOUR
AREA AND THAT YOU DO NOT PREMATURELY RESUME OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AS
THE STORM MOVES AWAY.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT LIGHTNING PREPAREDNESS AND THE DANGERS OF
LIGHTNING CAN BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
OFFICE IN TULSA OR VISIT WEATHER.GOV/TULSA.

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