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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Binghamton NY
800 AM EDT Fri Apr 27 2018

Today we discuss severe weather preparedness and safety.
All thunderstorms, whether they are severe or not, are
dangerous due to lightning. When one approaches, you need to
protect yourself. When thunder roars go indoors! When you see
a flash, dash inside!

Before a storm, develop a safety plan so that you can protect
your friends and family for many different scenarios.
You need to have a safety plan for the home, when at school,
at work and especially when outdoors. Being caught outdoors
during a thunderstorm without a plan can turn deadly. Identify
a safe place to take shelter and know what actions are needed
when a warning is issued. The best way to do this is to conduct
drills.

Lightning is a thunderstorm`s biggest killer.  Do not use
electrical appliances or a computer while a thunderstorm is
nearby.

If you are outdoors, seek shelter in a sturdy building with
plumbing or electricity. Picnic shelters, dugouts, small
buildings are not safe! Keep out of open areas such as pavilions
or gazebos. Stay away from tall objects such as isolated trees
and metal objects such as towers supporting power lines. Also,
stay away from wire fences, clothes lines, metal pipes, and rails.
If in an automobile, do not touch metal parts or the exterior. If
in a school bus, close all windows and move to the center portion
bus, have all students cross their feet and place their hands in
their lap. The driver should not touch any metal in the bus.

Lightning may be about to strike if you are out in the open and
feel your hair stand on end or your skin start to tingle. Run to
seek proper shelter. There is no safe place outside once a
lightning channel approaches from directly overhead (or very
nearly so). You are likely to be struck and either killed or
injured by the lightning strike.

During a thunderstorm, stay out of the water. If you are boating,
head to shore at the first sign of threatening weather. In
addition to the danger of lightning, gusty thunderstorm winds can
easily capsize small boats.

Stay away from places that commonly flood during a thunderstorms.
Flash floods caused by heavy downpours are another danger.
Low lying areas, especially near streams and creeks, can flood
rapidly. Never drive your car into a flooded area.

Remember, thunderstorms occasionally produce tornadoes. Sometimes
thunderstorm winds are strong enough to produce EF-0 and EF-1
tornado like damage. Always be prepared to move to a safe shelter
when a thunderstorm is near.

This concludes Pennsylvania`s 2018 Severe Weather Awareness
Week.

For more information on weather hazards and Severe Weather
Awareness Week. Please visit:

http://www.weather.gov/bgm
http://www.weather.gov/ctp/SevereWeatherAwarenessWeek


$$
David Nicosia
Warning Coordination Meteorologist
National Weather Service Binghamton, NY


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