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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOSTON/NORTON MA
950 AM EDT MON JUN 24 2019

...NATIONAL LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...LIGHTNING SAFETY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) BOSTON, MA HAS DECLARED JUNE
18 THROUGH JUNE 22 AS LIGHTNING SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK. EACH DAY 
DURING THE AWARENESS WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A
DIFFERENT LIGHTNING RELATED TOPIC.

LIGHTNING SAFETY: ALTHOUGH SPRING AND SUMMER ARE THE MOST DEADLY
SEASONS FOR STRIKES, LIGHTNING CAN OCCUR IN ANY OF THE 50 STATES 
OR U.S. TERRITORIES AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR. LIGHTNING CLAIMS
DOZENS OF LIVES EACH YEAR AND LEAVES HUNDREDS OF OTHER WITH LONG-
TERM OR EVEN PERMANENT HEALTH PROBLEMS INCLUDING PARALYSIS, BRAIN
INJURIES, DEPRESSION, HEADACHES AND VISION PROBLEMS.

LIGHTNING ALSO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HUNDREDS OF FIRES IN HOMES AND
BUSINESSES AND HAS CAUSED DANGEROUS AND EXPENSIVE WILDFIRES. ON 
AVERAGE, LIGHTNING CAUSES $30-$50 MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGES AND 
CLAIMS 30-40 LIVES EACH YEAR. MANY OF THESE DEATHS ARE FISHERMEN, 
BOATERS, OR OTHER SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS AND OUTDOOR WORKERS WHO DID 
NOT HEAD IN SOON ENOUGH OR LISTEN TO THE FORECAST BEFORE SETTING 
OUT. BEING PREPARED AND KNOWING HOW TO STAY SAFE WILL HELP YOU AND
YOUR LOVED ONES STAY ALIVE AND WELL. STAY SAFE DURING A
THUNDERSTORM BY BEING PREPARED IN ADVANCE.

BE A FORCE OF NATURE. WHEN THUNDER ROARS, STAY INDOORS!  FIND OUT
TIPS FOR SAFETY INDOORS AND OUTDOORS NEAR AND FAR FROM HOME AT OUR
WEBSITE:
WEATHER.GOV/LIGHTNING

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