ZCZC LITWRKPNS
TTAA00 KLZK 151603
ARZ003>007-012>016-021>025-030>034-037>047-052>057-062>069-042000-

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LITTLE ROCK AR
600 AM CST FRI MAR 4 2016

...TODAYS TOPIC FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IS 
WATCHES AND WARNINGS...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...IN COOPERATION WITH THE 
ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT...HAS PROCLAIMED
THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 28TH THROUGH MARCH 5TH AS SEVERE WEATHER 
AWARENESS WEEK IN ARKANSAS.

A DIFFERENT TOPIC WILL BE DISCUSSED EACH DAY...AND TODAYS TOPIC
IS WATCHES AND WARNINGS.

SURROUNDING AN EVENT FEATURING SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...WATCHES
AND WARNINGS ARE ISSUED TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR THE ELEMENTS.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING STRAIGHT-LINE WIND GUSTS 
OF 58 MPH OR GREATER...QUARTER SIZE HAIL OR LARGER...AND/OR
TORNADOES. 

WHEN CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE STORMS...A WATCH IS
ISSUED BY THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER IN NORMAN OKLAHOMA...
WHICH IS A PART OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

WATCHES OFTEN ENCOMPASS A LARGE AREA...SOMETIMES SEVERAL
STATES...AND ARE VALID FOR ROUGHLY SIX HOURS.

WHEN STORMS DEVELOP AND ARE CLASSIFIED AS SEVERE...WARNINGS
ARE ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST 
OFFICE. 

WARNINGS ARE POSTED FOR ONE OR MORE COUNTIES AND ARE
VALID FOR AN HOUR OR LESS.

WITH A WATCH IN PLACE...SEVERE STORMS MIGHT HAPPEN. 
WHEN WARNINGS ARE IN PLACE...SEVERE STORMS ARE HAPPENING. 

...WATCH AND WARNING RULES TO FOLLOW...

YOU SHOULD BE READY TO GO TO A SAFE PLACE WHEN A WATCH
IS IN EFFECT. MONITOR CONDITIONS FOR SEVERAL HOURS OR UNTIL 
THE WATCH EXPIRES OR IS CANCELLED. 

YOU SHOULD GO TO YOUR SAFE PLACE WHEN A WARNING IS IN 
EFFECT. STAY PUT UNTIL STORMS PASS AND/OR THE WARNING
EXPIRES OR IS CANCELLED. 

THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE IS A SAFE ROOM OR A BASEMENT.
IF THESE ARE NOT AVAILABLE...GO TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON 
THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A HOUSE OR BUILDING. PUT AS MANY
WALLS BETWEEN YOU AND THE OUTDOORS AS POSSIBLE.

&&

FOR A LIST OF ALL THE TORNADOES AND OTHER SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
EVENTS THAT OCCURRED IN 2015...

HTTP://WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/IMAGES/LZK/PDF/STORMSOF2015.PDF

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