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Public Information Statement

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PEACHTREE CITY GA
600 AM EST THU FEB 04 2016

THIS WEEK IS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN GEORGIA. TODAY WE WILL
DISCUSS LIGHTNING SAFETY.

LIGHTNING IS ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF WEATHER DEATHS IN THE
UNITED STATES. MOST LIGHTNING DEATHS OCCUR IN THE SUMMER MONTHS
USUALLY IN THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS. ALSO...MOST DEATHS
OCCUR WHEN PEOPLE ARE CAUGHT OUTSIDE DURING A STORM. LIGHTNING
RESULTS FROM THE BUILDUP AND RELEASE OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY BETWEEN
POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE CHARGES BETWEEN THE EARTH AND A THUNDERSTORM.
A SINGLE LIGHTNING BOLT CAN BE AS HOT AS 50,000 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT
WHICH IS HOTTER THAN THE SURFACE OF THE SUN. THIS RAPID HEATING AND
COOLING OF THE AIR CREATES A SHOCK WAVE WHICH WE HEAR AS THUNDER.
LIGHTNING WILL USUALLY STRIKE THE HIGHEST OBJECT IN THE AREA. THIS
INCLUDES TREES...ANTENNAS...A BOAT ON A LAKE...OR A PERSON STANDING
IN A FIELD. SO...WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF:

IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE...GET INSIDE A BUILDING OR VEHICLE. IF YOU CAN
HEAR THUNDER...YOU ARE ALREADY AT RISK. REMEMBER... WHEN THUNDER
ROARS... GO INDOORS. STAY INDOORS AN ADDITIONAL 30 MINUTES AFTER
HEARING THE LAST CLAP OF THUNDER.

IF YOU CANNOT FIND SHELTER...DO NOT STAND UNDER A TREE OR REMAIN IN
AN OPEN PLACE WHEN LIGHTNING IS NEAR. AVOID OPEN WATER...AS WELL AS
TRACTORS...BICYCLES...MOTORCYCLES...OR GOLF CARTS. THESE WILL NOT
PROVIDE PROTECTION...AND MAY ACTUALLY ATTRACT LIGHTNING.

ENCLOSED VEHICLES ARE GENERALLY SAFE...IF YOU AVOID CONTACT WITH
METAL SURFACES.

IF YOU ARE IN A FOREST...SEEK SHELTER IN A LOW AREA UNDER A THICK
GROWTH OF SMALL TREES.

IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE...AND FEEL YOUR HAIR STAND ON END...THIS
INDICATES LIGHTNING IS ABOUT TO STRIKE. DROP TO YOUR KNEES AND ROLL
FORWARD TO THE BALLS OF YOUR FEET. PLACE YOUR HANDS ON YOUR KNEES
AND TUCK YOUR HEAD DOWN. DO NOT LIE FLAT ON THE GROUND.

IF YOU ARE BOATING OR SWIMMING...GET TO LAND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

IF YOU ARE INSIDE...DON`T USE A TELEPHONE OR OTHER ELECTRICAL
EQUIPMENT UNLESS IN AN EMERGENCY.

DO NOT TAKE A BATH OR SHOWER DURING A THUNDERSTORM.

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