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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL  
854 AM CDT WED MAR 22 2017 /954 AM EDT WED MAR 22 2017/  
   
..LIGHTNING SAFETY
 
 
LIGHTNING IS THE MOST FREQUENT IMPORTANT WEATHER THREAT TO PERSONAL  
SAFETY DURING THE THUNDERSTORM SEASON. KEEP THESE LIGHTNING SAFETY  
TIPS IN MIND.  
 
PLAN AHEAD AND AVOID DANGEROUS LIGHTNING SITUATIONS. CHECK THE  
LATEST FORECAST BEFORE GOING OUTDOORS FOR EXTENDED PERIODS. WATCH  
FOR STORMS AND SEEK SHELTER INDOORS WHEN STORMS APPROACH.  
 
LIGHTNING OFTEN STRIKES THE TALLEST OBJECT. IF CAUGHT OUTDOORS  
DURING A STORM, DON'T STAND NEXT TO TALL TREES OR POWER POLES. AND  
DON'T BE OUT IN AN OPEN AREA WHERE YOU MAY BE THE TALLEST OBJECT. A  
CLOSED, HARD TOP METAL VEHICLE IS SAFE IN A THUNDERSTORM. AN OPEN  
STRUCTURE SUCH AS A PICNIC SHELTER WILL KEEP YOU DRY BUT IT WILL NOT  
PROTECT YOU FROM LIGHTNING.  
 
IF BOATING OR SWIMMING, GET OUT OF THE WATER WHEN STORMS APPROACH  
AND SEEK SHELTER INDOORS.  
 
AVOID USING ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES, CORDED TELEPHONES AND METAL  
PLUMBING WHEN INDOORS DURING A THUNDERSTORM. IT IS OKAY TO USE A  
CELL PHONE OR CORDLESS PHONE.  
 
THE BEST WAY TO STAY SAFE FROM LIGHTNING IS TO GO INDOORS AS SOON AS  
THERE IS A THREAT. A GOOD WAY TO REMEMBER IS, WHEN THUNDER ROARS, GO  
INDOORS. THERE IS NO SAFE PLACE OUTDOORS WHEN LIGHTNING IS PRESENT.  
 
LOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION DURING NATIONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS  
WEEK JUNE 18TH THROUGH JUNE 25TH OR VISIT  
WWW.LIGHTNINGSAFETY.NOAA.GOV.  
 

 
 
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