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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service North Platte NE
520 PM CDT Thu Mar 29 2018 /420 PM MDT Thu Mar 29 2018/

...2018 Severe Weather Awareness Week for Nebraska...

Today is Thursday and marks the fourth day of Severe Weather
Awareness Week for the state of Nebraska, which continues through
Friday, March 30th.Severe Weather Awareness Week provides the
National Weather Service an opportunity to test communication
systems and to get potentially lifesaving information out to the
public. Now is the time for people to review their safety plans
and be prepared for severe weather season.

The topic for today is lightning.

Lightning is one of the most dangerous aspects of thunderstorms,
and is sometimes not taken as seriously as others. All
thunderstorms contain lightning, and if you are close enough to
hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
Lightning strikes 10 to 15 miles away from a thunderstorm are
possible, so seek shelter if a storm approaches. Summer is the
peak season for lightning, but don`t be fooled, lightning strikes
happen at all times of the year. In the United States, the 30
year average of people killed by lightning is 54. In 2017, 16
people died due to lightning strikes.

The reported number of injuries is likely far lower than the
actual total, because many people do not seek help or doctors do
not record it as a lightning injury. People struck by lightning
suffer from a variety of long term, debilitating symptoms,
including memory loss, sleep disorders, and numbness.

If you are outside and a thunderstorm threatens, get into a sturdy
building or hard topped vehicle immediately. Once inside, do not
stand near open doors, windows, or metal pipes. Do not use corded
telephones or electrical appliances, do not take a shower, and do
not do laundry or dishes, until the storm is over. If you are
outside and no building or vehicle is nearby, stay away from
isolated trees or utility poles. Get off of tractors or other
metal farm equipment. Get out of and away from open water. Stay
away from wire fences, clotheslines, or other metal objects.
Terminate any outdoor activities and seek shelter immediately.

If someone is struck by lightning, get medical help immediately.
With proper treatment, including CPR if necessary, most lightning
victims survive.

Anytime the threat for severe weather exists, stay updated on the
latest weather information by going to the National Weather
Service Website, http://www.weather.gov, or by tuning in to NOAA
Weather Radio All Hazards, or your local television and radio
station. Make sure to watch for signs for approaching storms, such
as darkening skies, increasing winds, flashes of lightning, and
thunder.

More information about Severe Weather Awareness Week can be found
at: http://www.weather.gov/northplatte.

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