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NOUS43 KPAH 271713  
PNSPAH  
KYZ001>013-015>017-020>022-280515-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH, KY  
1213 PM CDT MON MAR 27 2017  
   
..SAFETY RULES FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
 
 
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL  
WEATHER SERVICE FOR MUCH OF WESTERN KENTUCKY. THIS WATCH IS IN  
EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM CDT. THE FOLLOWING SAFETY TIPS ARE BEING  
PROVIDED IN THE HOPE THAT THE BROADCAST MEDIA WILL FREQUENTLY  
BROADCAST THESE MESSAGES WHILE THE WATCH AFFECTS THEIR AREA. A  
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR THE  
DEVELOPMENT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH  
AREA. IF YOU ARE IN THE WATCH AREA, KEEP UP TO DATE OF THE LATEST  
WEATHER INFORMATION. THESE STORMS CAN DEVELOP RAPIDLY, SO THERE  
MAY BE OCCASIONS WHEN ADVANCE WARNING IS NOT POSSIBLE.  
 
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING MEANS A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM HAS BEEN  
OBSERVED OR INDICATED BY RADAR. IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF OR NEAR  
A STORM, TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERLY.  
FOLLOW THESE SAFETY RULES:  
 
IN OPEN COUNTRY, YOU SHOULD SEEK SHELTER AND AVOID TALL TREES  
WHICH BE TARGETS FOR LIGHTNING. IF THERE IS NO SHELTER, GO TO A  
DITCH OR CULVERT, BUT BE AWARE OF RISING WATER WHICH CAN CAUSE  
FLOODING.  
 
WHEN INDOORS, STAY AWAY FROM OUTSIDE WALLS AND WINDOWS AND GO TO  
AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST LEVEL. AVOID USING ELECTRICAL  
APPLIANCES WHILE THE STORM IS NEARBY.  
 
IN MOBILE HOMES, YOU SHOULD LEAVE AND SEEK NEARBY SAFE SHELTER.  
 
IF SWIMMING OR ON A BOAT, YOU SHOULD GET TO SHORE AS QUICKLY AS  
POSSIBLE AND FIND SHELTER.  
 
A THUNDERSTORM IS CONSIDERED SEVERE WHEN IT CONTAINS ONE INCH OR  
LARGER DIAMETER SIZE HAIL AND/OR WIND GUSTS OF 58 MILES AN HOUR OR  
GREATER. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ALSO PRODUCES DEADLY LIGHTNING AND  
VERY HEAVY RAIN WHICH CAN LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING.  
 
REMEMBER, WITH ANY SEVERE THUNDERSTORM, THERE IS ALWAYS THE  
POSSIBILITY OF TORNADOES.  
 

 
 
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