Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
448 AM EDT WED APR 29 2015

...SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK CONTINUES...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU, MAINE HAS DECLARED APRIL 26TH
THROUGH MAY 2ND AS SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK. EACH DAY DURING
THE PREPAREDNESS WEEK WILL FEATURE INFORMATION ABOUT A DIFFERENT
SEVERE WEATHER RELATED TOPIC.

NEW ENGLAND WILL QUICKLY TRANSITION FROM EARLY SPRING WEATHER TO
MORE SUMMER LIKE WEATHER PATTERNS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.
ALONG WITH THE WARMER WEATHER COMES AN INCREASING THREAT OF
THUNDERSTORMS, AND WITH IT COMES THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER.  ARE
YOU PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER?  DO YOU KNOW WHERE AND HOW TO
RECEIVE FORECASTS? DO YOU KNOW HOW TO RECEIVE WARNINGS AND WATCHES
FOR SEVERE WEATHER?  DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO DURING AND AFTER SEVERE
WEATHER IMPACTS YOU?

...KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATCH AND A WARNING... IT IS VITAL
TO YOUR SAFETY TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A WATCH AND A WARNING.
DURING SEVERE WEATHER SEASON, WATCHES AND WARNINGS MAY BE ISSUED FOR
SEVERE STORMS, TORNADOES AND FLASH FLOODS.

...WATCH - GET READY!...

A WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN A SPECIFIC WEATHER HAZARD IS POSSIBLE. FOR
EXAMPLE, IF THE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE SUCH THAT TORNADOES MIGHT
FORM, A WATCH WILL BE ISSUED. TORNADOES ARE NOT YET OCCURRING WHEN A
WATCH IS ISSUED. THIS GIVES YOU TIME TO GET PREPARED. IF YOU KNOW
WHAT TIME OF DAY STORMS ARE FORECAST TO OCCUR, YOU CAN PLAN WHERE
YOU WILL NEED TO SHELTER SHOULD A TORNADO OCCUR. YOU CAN ALSO MAKE
PLANS FOR HOW TO GET YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY, INCLUDING PETS, TO
THAT SHELTER IF NECESSARY. THE WATCH ALSO GIVES YOU A CHANCE TO TEST
YOUR COMMUNICATIONS PLAN AND ALERT FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO THE THREAT
OF DANGEROUS WEATHER.

...WARNING - TAKE ACTION!...

A WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN A SPECIFIC WEATHER HAZARD IS CURRENTLY
OCCURRING OR WILL BE OCCURRING VERY SOON. IF A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WARNING IS ISSUED YOU SHOULD GET INSIDE A BUILDING IMMEDIATELY AND
STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES WITH CORDS. IF A
TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED YOU SHOULD GO TO THE LOWEST LEVEL OF A
STURDY BUILDING TO AN INTERIOR ROOM WITH NO WINDOWS.

VISIT WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OM/SEVEREWEATHER FOR MORE INFORMATION.

$$

CB


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