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Public Information Statement
Issued: 7:59 AM MDT Jun. 25, 2018 – National Weather Service

... This is lightning safety awareness week...

When thunder roars, go indoors!

Lightning kills over 50 people in the United States each year, but
deaths are only part of the lightning story. Only about ten
percent of those struck are killed, ninety percent survive.
However, many of the survivors suffer devastating life long
injuries. While lightning strike frequencies are highest in the
southeast, Midwest, and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains,
all states have some lightning threat. Fortunately, most of these
lightning deaths and injuries can be easily avoided. Remember, no
place outside is safe when a thunderstorm is nearby!

Public education is the key, this is why we have lightning safety
awareness week each year! This year, it is from Sunday, June 24th
through June 30th. Use the weather forecast to plan your outdoor
activities to avoid the threat. The forecast from your local
National Weather Service office can be found through
www.Weather.Gov/northplatte. The safest place to be during a
thunderstorm is inside a house or other fully enclosed building.
Once inside, stay away from corded telephones, electrical
appliances, and plumbing. Don't watch lighting while standing near
windows or in doorways.

If you are outside and can not get to a building, a vehicle with a
metal roof and sides is a good second choice. Do not touch the
sides of the vehicle or the steering wheel. Don't wait for rain to
go inside. As soon as you hear thunder, get to a safe place and
stay inside for 30 minutes or more after hearing the last rumble
of thunder.

If you absolutely can not get to a safe building or vehicle, move
away from elevated places, open areas, beaches, Golf courses, tall
isolated objects like trees, or boats. Avoid water, swimming,
boating, fishing, or any other outdoor activities when
thunderstorms are expected.

For more information on lightning safety, visit
www.Lightiningsafety.NOAA.Gov


859 am CDT Mon Jun 25 2018 /759 am MDT Mon Jun 25 2018/

... This is lightning safety awareness week...

When thunder roars, go indoors!

Lightning kills over 50 people in the United States each year, but
deaths are only part of the lightning story. Only about ten
percent of those struck are killed, ninety percent survive.
However, many of the survivors suffer devastating life long
injuries. While lightning strike frequencies are highest in the
southeast, Midwest, and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains,
all states have some lightning threat. Fortunately, most of these
lightning deaths and injuries can be easily avoided. Remember, no
place outside is safe when a thunderstorm is nearby!

Public education is the key, this is why we have lightning safety
awareness week each year! This year, it is from Sunday, June 24th
through June 30th. Use the weather forecast to plan your outdoor
activities to avoid the threat. The forecast from your local
National Weather Service office can be found through
www.Weather.Gov/northplatte. The safest place to be during a
thunderstorm is inside a house or other fully enclosed building.
Once inside, stay away from corded telephones, electrical
appliances, and plumbing. Don't watch lighting while standing near
windows or in doorways.

If you are outside and can not get to a building, a vehicle with a
metal roof and sides is a good second choice. Do not touch the
sides of the vehicle or the steering wheel. Don't wait for rain to
go inside. As soon as you hear thunder, get to a safe place and
stay inside for 30 minutes or more after hearing the last rumble
of thunder.

If you absolutely can not get to a safe building or vehicle, move
away from elevated places, open areas, beaches, Golf courses, tall
isolated objects like trees, or boats. Avoid water, swimming,
boating, fishing, or any other outdoor activities when
thunderstorms are expected.

For more information on lightning safety, visit
www.Lightiningsafety.NOAA.Gov



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