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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH, KY  
1008 PM CDT FRI APR 28 2017  
   
..SAFETY RULES FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
 
 
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 172 HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR MOST OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND  
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. THIS WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 500 AM CDT.  
 
THE PRIMARY CONCERN WITH THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS LARGE  
HAIL. HOWEVER, DAMAGING WINDS AND BRIEF TORNADOES CANNOT BE RULED  
OUT.  
 
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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