PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
950 PM EDT SUN SEP 13 2009

...LIGHTNING STRIKE DAMAGE ON NWS DOPPLER RADAR STILL BEING
REPAIRED...

A LIGHTNING STRIKE ASSOCIATED WITH A STRONG THUNDERSTORM THAT MOVED
THROUGH SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AROUND 1145 PM EDT WEDNESDAY
NIGHT SEPTEMBER 9 CAUSED CONSIDERABLE ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT DAMAGE TO
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR IN MIAMI. BECAUSE
LIGHTNING CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO INTERNAL PARTS OF THE RADAR NOT EASILY
VISIBLE, THE DOPPLER RADAR WILL LIKELY BE UP AND DOWN THROUGH THE
THE FIRST PART OF THE WEEK. NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ELECTRONICS
PERSONNEL WILL BE CONTINUING TO WORK TO REPLACE DAMAGED PARTS AND
WIRING. IT IS UNCERTAIN WHEN THE RADAR WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL.

RADAR COVERAGE OF MAINLAND SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL
WATERS WILL NOT BE INTERRUPTED AS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER
RADARS AT KEY WEST, MELBOURNE, AND TAMPA BAY WILL BE AVAILABLE ALONG
WITH FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION LOCAL AIRPORT RADARS AT PALM
BEACH INTERNATIONAL, FORT LAUDERDALE HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL, AND
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS.

FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE ISSUED AS INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

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