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...SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CONTINUES...

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

OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS... SEVERE WEATHER HAS KILLED OVER 100 PEOPLE 
IN NEW YORK AND CAUSED OVER A BILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE. 

TO REDUCE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING KILLED OR INJURED BY SEVERE 
WEATHER... IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF SEVERE 
WEATHER WATCHES AND WARNINGS. 

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE DEFINED AS THOSE THUNDERSTORMS THAT PRODUCE 
WINDS OF 58 MPH OR GREATER AND/OR HAIL OF ONE INCH IN DIAMETER OR 
LARGER. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS THAT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS 
ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS. YOU SHOULD CONTINUE WITH 
YOUR DAILY ROUTINE... BUT BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY 
SHOULD A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING BE ISSUED.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING MEANS THAT SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE 
IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. YOU SHOULD SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY WHEN A 
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS ISSUED.

EVEN IF A THUNDERSTORM IS NOT CONSIDERED SEVERE... IT IS ALWAYS A 
GOOD IDEA TO GO INDOORS SINCE LIGHTNING IS A POTENTIAL THREAT. BY 
DEFINITION... ALL THUNDERSTORMS CONTAIN LIGHTNING. ALL LIGHTNING IS 
DANGEROUS. 

TORNADOES ARE VIOLENTLY ROTATING COLUMNS OF AIR IN CONTACT WITH THE 
GROUND. LIKE A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS 
THAT TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS. 

A TORNADO WARNING MEANS THAT A TORNADO IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. 
TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY IN A STURDY BUILDING AWAY FROM WINDOWS 
WHICH CAN SHATTER. THE BEST PLACE IS IN THE BASEMENT IF THERE IS 
ONE. IF NOT A SMALL ROOM OR CLOSET ON THE LOWEST LEVEL OF THE 
BUILDING IS THE SAFEST PLACE.

FLASH FLOODING IS A RAPID RISE... WITHIN SIX HOURS... OF WATER ALONG 
A STREAM OR LOW LYING URBAN AREA. THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF FLASH 
FLOODING IS DOWNPOURS ASSOCIATED WITH THUNDERSTORMS. A FLASH FLOOD 
WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR FLASH FLOODING. 
CONTINUE WITH YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES... BUT BE PREPARED TO HEAD TO A 
PLACE OF SAFETY SHOULD A FLASH FLOOD WARNING BE ISSUED. 

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. 
FLOOD WATERS CAN RISE RAPIDLY. MOVE TO HIGHER GROUND IMMEDIATELY 
WHEN A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED. 

NOAA WEATHER RADIO OFFERS THE BEST WAY TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH EXTREME 
WEATHER CONDITIONS 24 HOURS A DAY AND 7 DAYS A WEEK. YOUR NATIONAL 
WEATHER SERVICE HIGHLY RECOMMENDS EVERYONE HAVE ACCESS TO A NOAA 
WEATHER RADIO.

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

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