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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 5:31 AM MDT on April 19, 2014

... Severe weather awareness week in review...

Severe weather awareness week in Colorado concludes today. During
the past week we have presented information and safety rules for
tornadoes... lightning... floods and flash floods... straight-line
thunderstorm winds... hail... and our warning programs.

We will now review some of the most important safety rules in our
effort to build a weather ready nation.

Be weatherwise by staying informed on expected weather in your
area. The National Weather Service is typically aware of the
potential for severe weather many hours or even days before any
severe weather watches or warnings are issued... providing forecast
products to heighten your awareness. A weather story product is
posted each day on National Weather Service internet pages and
facebook pages which includes a map and text on possible
hazardous weather expected within the next 7 days.

A hazardous weather outlook is also issued daily with information on
possible hazardous weather during the next seven days. A watch is
issued when conditions for severe weather or flooding become
possible. A warning is then issued when life threatening
conditions are imminent or occurring.

the best way to protect yourself from tornadoes is to have a plan
of action. The safest place to be if a tornado approaches is
in a basement or safe room within a well-built structure... or in
an underground storm shelter. If none of these options are
available... move to a hallway or a small interior room on the
lowest floor... usually this is a closet or bathroom. Get under a
heavy piece of furniture or in a Bath tub and cover yourself with
blankets. Remember... the greatest risk of injury from tornadoes is
from flying debris.

Modular homes and Mobile homes... even those tied down... offer little
protection from tornadoes. If a tornado approaches... leave those
locations and seek safety in a nearby sturdy building or storm

If you are driving in open country and see a tornado... if time
permits... the best thing to do is simply drive away from the tornado
path. Do not take shelter beneath a Highway overpass. Wind speeds may
actually be higher in these areas and often become collection
points for debris.

If you are caught outside and cannot seek shelter in a sturdy
structure... crawl into a culvert or lie down in a narrow ditch or
ravine and cover your head. But remember that the worst place to
be when a tornado threatens is outside in the midst of flying

Lightning and wildfires...
since 1980... lightning has killed and injured more people in
Colorado than any other thunderstorm hazard. Lightning also causes
many wildfires.

The best defense to protect yourself against a lightning strike is to
plan ahead and avoid being caught where you might be vulnerable.
Check weather forecasts prior to venturing out... especially if
you are heading into the mountains. Plan outdoor activities early
in the day before thunderstorms develop.

If thunderstorms threaten... seek shelter in a building or in an
enclosed metal roof vehicle... making sure all windows and doors are
closed. Never seek shelter under an isolated tree. During
thunderstorms... stay off corded telephones... away from electrical
devices... and away from plumbing. Also get out of shower stalls...
Bath tubs... swimming pools and lakes when lightning is nearby.

It is recommended that you wait at least 30 minutes after the last
sound of thunder before resuming outdoor activities. When thunder
roars... go indoors.

Floods and flash floods...
when flooding or flash flooding is possible... you should remain
alert and be ready to quickly evacuate to higher ground or climb
to safety. Flash floods often occur suddenly and without warning.
You need to follow some basic flood safety rules...

Do not Camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes...
particularly during threatening conditions. If you are near a
river... be aware of water levels and be prepared to move to higher
ground if river levels rise. Do not enter areas that are already
flooded. If walking or fishing along a river... be aware that erosion
from swift running water can cause river banks to collapse. Never let
your children play around high water... storm drains... viaducts or

Nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related.
While driving your automobile... look out for flooding at Highway
dips... bridges and low areas. Two feet of moving water will
carry away most automobiles. Never attempt to drive across a flooded
Road. And be especially cautious at night when it is difficult to see
flood dangers.

Strong straight-line winds...
straight-line winds from thunderstorms... including microbursts... can
become quite strong... even reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph in
extreme cases. When thunderstorms approach... high winds can suddenly
develop... causing things on the ground to become swift moving
airborne missiles with a potential force to injure or kill. As with
any thunderstorm... seek shelter before the storm arrives.

large hail can pose a danger to animals and people. Hail also
produces considerable damage to crops and personal property each
year in Colorado. Again... get indoors before thunderstorms arrive.
A fall of small hail can suddenly change to a fall of very large ice
missiles which can injure or kill. Make efforts to protect personal
property before thunderstorms threaten.

Warning notification...
when thunderstorms threaten... tune to NOAA Weather Radio all hazards
... The weather channel... or your local radio or television
stations. Also check the internet web site from the National Weather
Service office serving your area. And if you have a relatively new
cell phone you should automatically receive tornado and flash flood
warnings on your phone if you are in the area of the warning.

During threatening weather days... plan the actions you will need
to take so that you will be prepared if dangerous weather
conditions actually develop.

Noaa's National Weather Service wishes you a safe severe weather

Weather Severe Map
Alabama - Flood Warning , Record Report
Arkansas - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory
California - High Surf Advisory , Record Report
Colorado - Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Connecticut - Flood Warning , Special Statement , Record Report
District of Columbia - Record Report
Florida - Tornado Watch , Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Coastal Hazard Statement , Record Report
Georgia - Flood Warning , Record Report
Idaho - Record Report
Illinois - Flood Warning
Indiana - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Iowa - Flood Warning
Kansas - Record Report , Public Information Statement
Louisiana - Flood Warning
Maine - Flood Warning
Maryland - Record Report
Massachusetts - Flood Warning
Michigan - Flood Warning , Flood Warning, Areal Flood Warning , Flood Advisory
Minnesota - Flood Warning , Wind Advisory , Winter Weather Advisory , Record Report
Mississippi - Flood Warning , Record Report
Missouri - Record Report
Montana - High Wind Watch
New Jersey - Special Statement , Record Report
New York - Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Special Statement , Record Report
North Carolina - Areal Flood Advisory , High Surf Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report
North Dakota - Flood Warning
Oregon - High Surf Advisory
Pennsylvania - Special Statement
South Carolina - Flood Warning , Flash Flood Warning , Record Report
South Dakota - Wind Advisory
Tennessee - Flood Advisory
Texas - Flood Warning , Dense Fog Advisory , Air Quality Alert
Vermont - Flood Warning
Virginia - Record Report
Washington - Areal Flood Warning , High Surf Advisory , Special Statement , Record Report
West Virginia - Record Report
Wisconsin - Flood Warning , Record Report