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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
630 AM CST THU MAR 5 2015

     ...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN LOUISIANA...
          ...MARCH 1 THROUGH MARCH 7 2015

THE WEEK OF MARCH 1 THROUGH MARCH 7 HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS SEVERE
WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IN LOUISIANA. LATE WINTER AND SPRING MONTHS
TYPICALLY BRING THE HIGHEST FREQUENCY OF SEVERE WEATHER TO GULF
COAST REGION. SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK IS A GOOD TIME TO REVIEW
SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY PLANS AND ENSURE YOU HAVE A MEANS TO RECEIVE
TIMELY WARNINGS.

TODAYS SEVERE WEATHER TOPIC IS LIGHTNING SAFETY. LIGHTNING IS
ASSOCIATED WITH ALL THUNDERSTORMS....EVEN NON SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.
EACH YEAR ON AVERAGE...LIGHTNING ACCOUNTS FOR APPROXIMATELY 50
DEATHS...SECOND ONLY TO FLOODING IN WEATHER RELATED DEATHS.
LIGHTNING DEATHS USUALLY OCCUR ONLY ONE OR TWO AT A TIME...SO IT
DOES NOT GET THE NATIONAL ATTENTION IT DESERVES.

LIGHTNING IS ONE OF THE MOST INTENSE WEATHER PHENOMENA ASSOCIATED
WITH THUNDERSTORMS. LIGHTNING DEVELOPS AS A RESULT OF INTERACTIONS
BETWEEN CHARGED PARTICLES WHICH PRODUCE AN ELECTRICAL FIELD
WITHIN AND NEAR THE THUNDERSTORM. ELECTRICAL POTENTIAL IN
LIGHTNING CAN BE AS MUCH AS 100 MILLION VOLTS. LIGHTNING STROKES CAN
OCCUR FROM CLOUD TO CLOUD...CLOUD TO GROUND...OR CLOUD TO AIR.

WHEN A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS...PROTECT YOURSELF FROM LIGHTNING
BY GETTING INDOORS OR INSIDE A HARD TOP AUTOMOBILE. DO NOT USE
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES OR TELEPHONE EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCIES.

IF YOU ARE CAUGHT OUTDOORS IN A THUNDERSTORM...DO NOT STAND UNDER
TALL TREES OR BE THE TALLEST OBJECT IN THE AREA.  IF YOU ARE IN A
GROUP...SPREAD OUT.

GET OUT OF A POOL OR OPEN WATER. STAY OFF BICYCLES...MOTORCYCLES...
AND OTHER OPEN AIR VEHICLES. AVOID WIRE FENCES...RAILINGS...AND ANY
OTHER METAL OBJECT. DO NOT PLAY OUTDOOR SPORTS WHEN LIGHTING
THREATENS. PUT DOWN ANY METAL OBJECTS SUCH AS GOLF CLUBS OR SOFTBALL
BATS...AND REMOVE METAL CLEATS.

REMEMBER THAT LIGHTNING CAN STRIKE SEVERAL MILES AWAY FROM THE
MAIN THUNDERSTORM...SO TAKE PRECAUTIONS EVEN WHEN THE STORM IS NOT
DIRECTLY ABOVE YOU.

A GOOD SAFETY RULE TO REMEMBER IS...WHEN THUNDER ROARS GO INDOORS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SEVERE WEATHER VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE WEB SITE AT WWW.SRH.NOAA.GOV/LIX... OR CONTACT THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN SLIDELL LA AT TELEPHONE NUMBER
985-649-0357.

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