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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service New York NY
731 AM EDT Sat May 5 2018


...This Is Severe Weather Awareness Week...

Today marks the end of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Here is a quick review of the important points made this week.

On average, severe weather has killed 193 people per year across the
United States. Nationwide, severe weather was responsible for 197
fatalities in 2017. On average, the National Weather Service in Long
Island New York issues 85 severe thunderstorm warnings, 6 tornado
warnings and 38 flash flood warnings each year.

Plan now to keep safe during severe weather.

Before a storm, develop a plan for you and your family at home,
school, work, and when outdoors. Identify a safe place to take
shelter. Conduct drills. Know what action you will take when a
warning is issued. Be familiar with surrounding areas near where you
live and work. The national weather service issues warnings based on
a specific storm`s movement. Know where to tune to receive the
latest weather information.

During severe weather, postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms
are imminent. Move to a sturdy building or car. Stay away from tall
objects such as towers, isolated trees and telephone poles. If
caught outdoors, find a low spot. Make sure your choice is not
susceptible to flooding. If in the woods, take shelter under smaller
trees. If you are boating or swimming, seek shelter on land

If a tornado warning is issued, move to a pre-designated place of
safety, preferably a basement or interior room. Stay away from
windows. Get as low to the ground as possible. Cover your head. If
caught outdoors and a tornado threatens, lie flat in a ditch or
depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of flying
debris. These cause most fatalities and injuries during a tornado.
Mobile homes offer little protection from a tornado. Evacuate your
mobile home and move to your designated place of safety.

Flash flooding can be deadly. Never underestimate the power of
water. Almost half of all flash flood related deaths occur in
automobiles. Two feet of flowing water will cause most cars to
float, smaller cars will float in less water. Flooding hazards are
increased at night when visibility is reduced. The National Weather
Service urges you to respect all barriers that warn of flooded
roads. Turn around, do not drown.

The National Weather Service issues severe weather watches and
warnings. A watch means that severe weather - severe thunderstorms,
tornadoes, or flash flooding - is possible. You should already know
what to do if a warning is issued. A warning means that severe
weather is imminent or occurring. When any severe weather warning is
issued, take immediate action to protect your life.

Taking steps now to prepare for severe weather will help keep you
and your family safe should flooding threaten your neighborhood.

For more information on severe weather awareness, visit our web
page. Today concludes Severe Weather Awareness Week.

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