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000 NOUS41 KOKX 231002 PNSOKX PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY 600 AM EDT TUE APR 23 2024 ...This Is Severe Weather Awareness Week... This statement covers severe thunderstorms. High winds produced by severe thunderstorms cause deaths and injuries across the Tri-State annually. Although hail can damage property and injure people and animals, it rarely kills. Severe thunderstorms in our region occur most frequently during the late afternoon to early evening, between May and early September. An example of severe weather would be rapidly developing severe thunderstorms forming ahead of a quick moving cold front. Damage would result from strong wind gusts along the leading edge of a line of severe thunderstorms. Winds that blow from one direction are called straight line winds. The strongest severe thunderstorms can produce damaging wind gusts from 80 to over 100 mph. A complex of thunderstorms producing such strong winds over a large area for several hours is called a Derecho. Severe weather outlooks are issued by the NWS Storm Prediction Center up to 8 days before a potential event and by NWS New York NY up to 7 days beforehand in our Hazardous Weather Outlook. Severe Thunderstorm Watches are issued by the NWS Storm Prediction Center with lead times of up to 8 hours. A Watch means that weather conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and around an area, usually covering an area of several thousand square miles, at least the size of New Jersey. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are issued by your National Weather Service Forecast Office on Long Island, using a combination of Doppler Radar and volunteer Skywarn Spotter observations. Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are Impact-Based. This means that these warnings and follow-up statements include machine-readable tags which will appear at the bottom of the messages. Among these tags will be the Thunderstorm Damage Threat. The highest threat level category will be the Destructive tag, issued by NWS forecasters when there is a threat for 80 mph or greater winds and/or baseball or larger size hail. Only these Destructive tagged warnings will be disseminated as a Wireless Emergency Alert, in addition to the standard dissemination methods. When a warning is issued, take protective action to save your life and or minimize damage to your property. If there is time, secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage. Remember the lightning safety rule, if thunder roars go indoors. Once indoors stay indoors for 30 minutes after last seeing lightning or hearing the last clap of thunder. Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile - not a convertible. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a hard top vehicle than outside. The next statement covers severe weather preparedness and safety. $$ is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.