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...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

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

WITH THE BEGINNING OF SPRING IN NEW YORK AND THE GRADUAL RETURN OF 
WARMER WEATHER COMES THE INCREASING LIKELIHOOD OF THUNDERSTORMS. AND 
AS IS USUALLY THE CASE...A FEW OF THESE STORMS CAN BRING DAMAGING 
WINDS... LARGE HAIL... FLOODING RAINS... AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING. 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DEFINES A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AS ONE 
WHICH PRODUCES WIND GUSTS OF AT LEAST 58 MILES AN HOUR /50 KNOTS/  
AND/OR HAIL OF AN INCH IN DIAMETER OR LARGER. FREQUENT CLOUD TO 
GROUND LIGHTNING AND TORRENTIAL RAIN WHICH CAN OFTEN ACCOMPANY 
THEM... DOES NOT DEFINE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. 

WHEN FORECASTERS AT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BUFFALO... IN 
CONSULTATION WITH THE FORECASTERS AT THE STORM PREDICTION CENTER... 
DETERMINE THAT ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS FAVOR THE FORMATION OF SEVERE 
THUNDERSTORMS WITHIN THE NEXT 6 HOURS... A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 
IS ISSUED. A WATCH USUALLY COVERS SEVERAL COUNTIES AND MEANS THAT 
DAMAGING THUNDERSTORM WINDS OR LARGE HAIL ARE POSSIBLE ALTHOUGH NOT 
YET A CERTAINTY. 

YOU CAN CONTINUE YOUR NORMAL ACTIVITIES WHEN A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM 
WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR YOUR COUNTY. HOWEVER YOU SHOULD REMAIN ALERT 
TO THE POSSIBILITY OF SEVERE STORMS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE QUICK 
ACTION. KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE SKY FOR THREATENING WEATHER 
CONDITIONS AND BE READY TO MOVE TO SAFE SHELTER IF NECESSARY. 

BOATERS MAY WISH TO STAY CLOSER TO SHORE. 

HAVE A NOAA WEATHER RADIO HANDY OF CHECK WITH YOUR FAVORITE RADIO OR 
TV STATION FOR THE LATEST WEATHER. 

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS ARE ISSUED WHEN A SEVERE STORM IS 
EITHER DETECTED ON WEATHER RADAR OR REPORTED BY STORM SPOTTERS TO BE 
OCCURRING. WHEN A WARNING IS IN EFFECT... YOU SHOULD TAKE QUICK 
ACTION TO PROTECT YOURSELF. GO INDOORS IN A STURDY BUILDING... AWAY 
FROM WINDOWS WHICH CAN SHATTER... OR DOORS WHICH CAN SWING OPEN FROM 
THE WIND. THE BEST PLACE IN A BUILDING IS A SMALL INTERIOR ROOM OR 
HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR. AVOID USING THE TELEPHONE OR OTHER 
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES UNLESS IT'S AN EMERGENCY. 

BOATERS SHOULD GET TO SHORE IMMEDIATELY OR GET BELOW DECK. 

IF YOU ARE DRIVING... BE ALERT TO THE POSSIBILITY OF ROAD FLOODING. 
DO NOT DRIVE WHERE WATER IS COVERING THE ROAD. THE WATER MAY BE 
HIDING A WASHOUT... AND IT ONLY TAKES A FEW FEET OF RAPIDLY FLOWING 
WATER TO SWEEP AWAY YOUR VEHICLE.

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

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