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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Burlington VT
748 AM EDT Tue Apr 27 2021

...Severe Weather Awareness Week in New England and New York...

The National Weather Service, along with all the New England states
and the state of New York, have proclaimed this week as Severe
Weather Awareness Week. Today, we look at severe thunderstorms and
tornadoes.

The number of days with thunderstorms across Vermont and northern
New York ranges from 20 to 30 days with nearly a third of these
days experiencing severe weather.

A severe thunderstorm can produce damaging winds in excess of 58
miles an hour, large hail of 1 inch in diameter or larger, or even
a tornado. Heavy rain which may cause flooding and deadly lightning
are also likely hazards in a severe thunderstorm.

Tornadoes are a rare phenomena across the north country, with an
average of one tornado occurrence per year. A tornado is a violent
windstorm characterized by a twisting, funnel-shaped cloud.

Tornado damage is classified by the enhanced fujita scale ranging
from relatively little damage (EF0) to catastrophic damage (EF5).
Violent tornadoes (EF3 or greater) are capable of great destruction
and loss of life. Tornadoes fill the air with lethal, wind borne
debris, such objects as sticks, glass and lawn furniture become
deadly missiles when driven by tornadic winds.

When a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning has been issued act
quickly, but do not panic.

At home, go to the basement or find a windowless interior room on
the lowest floor, like a closet or bathroom. Remember, mobile homes
are not considered safe indoor shelters, you should seek substantial
shelter elsewhere.

In schools, hospitals, factories and shopping centers go to a
predesignated shelter. If an underground shelter is not available,
go to an interior small room or hallway on the lowest floor and get
under a sturdy piece of furniture. Stay away from large open rooms
with windows such as auditoriums and gymnasiums.

If caught outdoors and no shelter is available, find a ditch or low
spot and stay crouched low to the ground, protecting your head. Do
not lie flat on the ground. If on a boat, head for safe harbor and
find safe shelter immediately.

Stay informed and be alert, if threatening weather is in the area.
Remember, severe thunderstorms can develop quickly giving you little
time to react to the danger. If a thunderstorm approaches you, take
the necessary precautions to protect yourself.

More information on severe weather as well as forecasts and other
weather information can be found at www.weather.gov/burlington.
Also, visit our NWS Burlington Facebook and Twitter sites for more
information.

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