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NOUS43 KPAH 261949  
PNSPAH  
ILZ080-084-088-092-MOZ076-086-087-100-107>112-114-270800-  
 
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH, KY  
249 PM CDT MON AUG 26 2019  
   
..SAFETY RULES FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
 
 
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL  
WEATHER SERVICE FOR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND A PORTION OF SOUTHERN  
ILLINOIS. THIS WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM. 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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