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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MELBOURNE FL
600 PM EST MON JAN 24 2011

...TORNADO SAFETY INFORMATION...

WITH THE THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER APPROACHING LATE TUESDAY INTO
TUESDAY NIGHT...THIS IS A REMINDER FROM YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE THAT KNOWING WHAT ACTIONS TO TAKE DURING THIS TIME WILL
HELP KEEP YOU SAFE AND INFORMED.

JUST A FEW MINUTES CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH!

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR NOAA WEATHER RADIO IN GOOD WORKING ORDER...
WITH FRESH BATTERIES IN CASE OF A POWER FAILURE. HAVING A NOAA
WEATHER RADIO ALERT YOU OF AN APPROACHING TORNADO... ESPECIALLY IN
THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT...HAS SAVED LIVES.

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATCH AND A WARNING!

A TORNADO WATCH MEANS WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS TO PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS AND TORNADOES. A WATCH IS
ISSUED FOR SEVERAL COUNTIES AT A TIME AND IS USUALLY IN EFFECT FOR
6 OR MORE HOURS.

A TORNADO WARNING MEANS A TORNADO IS OCCURRING OR ABOUT TO OCCUR. IN
OTHER WORDS...A TORNADO HAS BEEN SIGHTED...OR IS STRONGLY INDICATED
BY DOPPLER RADAR.  A TORNADO WARNING IS USUALLY ISSUED FOR ALL OR
PART OF ONE COUNTY...AND ON OCCASION...PART OR ALL OF TWO OR THREE
COUNTIES...AND IS USUALLY IN EFFECT FOR A 30 TO 60 MINUTE PERIOD.

KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A TORNADO THREATENS YOUR AREA!

WHEN A TORNADO WATCH IS ISSUED...HAVE A PLAN IN ORDER SO THAT YOU
CAN QUICKLY MOVE TO A SAFE LOCATION IN THE EVENT THAT A WARNING IS
ISSUED. IF YOU RESIDE IN A MANUFACTURED OR MOBILE HOME...OR IN A
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE (RV)...THIS WOULD BE THE TIME TO CONSIDER
MOVING TO A STURDIER BUILDING.

WHEN A TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED...STAY INSIDE A STURDY BUILDING AND
GO TO AN INTERIOR ROOM WITHOUT WINDOWS. IN A MULTI STORY BUILDING...
GO TO THE LOWEST FLOOR. STAY IN A SAFE LOCATION UNTIL THE WARNING
HAS EXPIRED AND THE THREAT OF A TORNADO HAS ENDED.


TORNADOES ARE MORE FREQUENT IN EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA THAN MOST PEOPLE
REALIZE...AND LARGE...DEADLY LONG TRACK TORNADOES HAVE OCCURRED IN
EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA DURING THE DRY SEASON.

THE DEADLIEST TORNADO OUTBREAK IN FLORIDA`S HISTORY OCCURRED THE
NIGHT OF FEBRUARY 22 1998 WHEN SEVERAL LARGE TORNADOES SWEPT ACROSS
CENTRAL FLORIDA KILLING 42 PEOPLE...DESTROYING 700 STRUCTURES AND
CAUSING AN ESTIMATED 100 MILLION DOLLARS DAMAGE. THREE OF THE
TORNADOES WERE RATED EF3 INTENSITY WHILE ANOTHER 2 TORNADOES WERE
RATED AS EF2. THEN...IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF FEBRUARY 2
2007...A SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM PRODUCED TWO EF3 TORNADOES OVER
NORTHERN LAKE COUNTY...KILLING 21 PEOPLE. THESE TORNADOES OCCURRED
LATE AT NIGHT WHEN PEOPLE WERE SLEEPING WHICH LIKELY CONTRIBUTED TO
THE LARGE NUMBER OF FATALITIES.


HERE ARE THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO TRANSMITTER FREQUENCIES FOR EAST
CENTRAL FLORIDA AND THE COUNTIES THEY SERVE...

SUMTERVILLE (KPS-505)...SERVES LAKE COUNTY ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.500
MEGAHERTZ.

DAYTONA BEACH (KIH-26)...SERVES VOLUSIA...SEMINOLE...NORTHERN LAKE
AND NORTHERN BREVARD COUNTIES ON A FREQUENCY OF 163.400 MEGAHERTZ.

ORLANDO (KIH-63)...SERVES ORANGE...SEMINOLE...VOLUSIA...LAKE AND
OSCEOLA COUNTIES ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.475 MEGAHERTZ.

MELBOURNE (WXJ70)...SERVES BREVARD...OSCEOLA AND NORTHERN INDIAN
RIVER COUNTIES ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.550 MEGAHERTZ.

FORT PIERCE (WWF69)...SERVES INDIAN RIVER...SAINT LUCIE...OKEECHOBEE
AND MARTIN COUNTIES ON A FREQUENCY OF 162.425 MEGAHERTZ.

BELLE GLADE (WXM-58)...SERVES SOUTHERN OKEECHOBEE COUNTY ON A
FREQUENCY OF 162.400 MEGAHERTZ.

WEST PALM BEACH (KEC-50)...SERVES MARTIN COUNTY ON A FREQUENCY OF
162.475 MEGAHERTZ.

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