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...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF 
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE HAVE PROCLAIMED APRIL 28 THROUGH MAY 4  
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK.

A HAZARDOUS WEATHER COMMUNICATIONS DRILL IS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY AT 
1:15 PM. A TEST WARNING WILL BE ISSUED STATEWIDE AT THAT TIME VIA 
OUR SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT PRODUCT. THIS WILL GIVE ALL NEW 
YORKERS... FROM EMERGENCY RESPONDERS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC... THE 
OPPORTUNITY TO SEE IF THEY ARE ABLE TO RECEIVE VITAL INFORMATION ON 
POTENTIAL WEATHER HAZARDS. THE DRILL ALSO GIVES NATIONAL WEATHER 
SERVICE FORECASTERS THE CHANCE TO TEST THEIR ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE 
INFORMATION ON THOSE HAZARDS QUICKLY. TONE ALERT NOAA WEATHER RADIO 
RECEIVERS SHOULD ACTIVATE. SAME DIGITAL NOAA WEATHER RADIO RECEIVERS 
SHOULD DISPLAY THE ROUTINE MONTHLY TEST /RMT/. 

TORNADOES ARE AN AWESOME DISPLAY OF NATURE'S POWER. ALTHOUGH THEY 
ARE MOST COMMON IN THE MIDWEST AND GREAT PLAINS... TORNADOES DO 
OCCUR IN NEW YORK AS WELL. SIX TORNADOES TOUCHED DOWN IN WESTERN AND 
NORTH CENTRAL NEW YORK LAST YEAR..INCLUDING ONES IN GENESEE... 
CATTARAUGUS... ALLEGANY... MONROE... AND ONTARIO COUNTIES. THESE 
TORNADOES RESULTED IN MILLIONS IN DOLLARS OF DAMAGES. FORTUNATELY 
THERE WERE NO FATALITIES. 

THE PRIMARY MISSION OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IS TO PROTECT 
LIVES FROM HAZARDOUS WEATHER. METEOROLOGISTS CLOSELY MONITOR THE 
ATMOSPHERE FOR CONDITIONS WHICH MAY PRODUCE TORNADOES OR SEVERE 
THUNDERSTORMS. 

IF THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR STORM DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE NEXT 
SEVERAL HOURS... A TORNADO WATCH IS ISSUED. WHILE YOU CAN CONTINUE 
WITH YOUR ROUTINE ACTIVITIES WHEN A WATCH IS IN EFFECT... YOU SHOULD 
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE SKY. IF IT BECOMES UNUSUALLY 
THREATENING... OR IF YOU HEAR THUNDER... IT'S ALWAYS BEST TO GO 
INDOORS UNTIL THE STORM PASSES. WHY TAKE A CHANCE? TORNADOES CAN 
FORM VERY RAPIDLY. ALSO... LISTEN FOR THE LATEST WEATHER INFORMATION 
ON YOUR FAVORITE RADIO OF TV STATION... OR ON NOAA WEATHER RADIO. 

DOPPLER RADAR CURRENTLY IN USE AT ALL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE 
OFFICES HAS GREATLY AIDED FORECASTERS IN DETECTING TORNADOES. IN 
ADDITION... VOLUNTEER STORM SPOTTERS TRAINED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER 
SERVICE HAVE PROVIDED VALUABLE GROUND TRUTH INFORMATION ON TORNADO 
TOUCHDOWNS. 

IF A TORNADO IS SIGHTED BY SPOTTERS OR DETECTED ON RADAR... THE 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WOULD QUICKLY ISSUE A TORNADO WARNING FOR 
COMMUNITIES IN THE STORM/S PATH. IF YOU LIVE IN OR NEAR A COMMUNITY 
MENTIONED IN THE WARNING... YOU SHOULD TAKE COVER IMMEDIATELY BY 
GOING INTO AN INTERIOR ROOM... AWAY FROM WINDOWS... ON THE LOWEST 
LEVEL OF A STURDY BUILDING. A BASEMENT OFFERS THE BEST PROTECTION 
FOLLOWED BY INTERIOR CLOSETS AND HALLWAYS. MOBILE HOMES... EVEN IF 
TIED DOWN... OFFER LITTLE PROTECTION FROM TORNADOES AND SHOULD BE 
ABANDONED. NEVER ATTEMPT TO OUTRUN A TORNADO IN YOUR CAR. IT IS 
ALWAYS BETTER LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE FOR A STURDY SHELTER. IF THAT IS 
NOT POSSIBLE... LIE FLAT IN A NEARBY DITCH OR DEPRESSION. 
REMEMBER... FLYING DEBRIS FROM THE WIND OF A TORNADO CAUSES MOST 
DEATHS AND INJURIES.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY VISIT THE WEBSITE 
/ALL LOWER CASE/ WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/SEVEREWEATHER.
 

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