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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 9:00 AM EDT on April 24, 2017


This is the first statement out of five information
statements providing severe weather knowledge and safety,
which will run each day this week for Pennsylvania's severe
weather awareness week.

Today we discuss the difference between a Tornado Watch, a
Tornado Warning, and provide tips on what to do when a watch or
warning is issued.

... What is a tornado?...
a tornado is a violently rotating column of air from the base of
a thunderstorms that is in contact with the ground. Wind speeds
inside a tornado range from under 100 miles an hour and can exceed
300 miles an hour. Tornadoes come in all shapes and sizes and
can travel as fast as 70 mph, and can destroy virtually everything
in their path.

While the vast majority of tornadoes that occur in the state of
Pennsylvania are not as strong as their counterparts in the Midwest,
strong and damaging tornadoes can and do occur here and in the
northeast portion of the United States. In fact, Pennsylvania
ranks in the top 25 for tornado occurrence in the United
States, averaging twenty tornadoes per year. Between may
31st and June 2nd of 1998, Pennsylvania was hit by 40 tornadoes,
some of which had wind speeds over 200 mph.

... What does a Tornado Watch mean?...
a Tornado Watch is issued when atmospheric conditions are
favorable, over a large area, for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms
to develop. A Tornado Watch is issued to alert you and your family
that if a severe thunderstorm develops, a tornado is possible. It
does not mean a tornado will occur with each thunderstorm, it just
means it is possible. The nws's Storm Prediction Center issues all
tornado watches for the whole conus. Tornado watches can be issued
for several counties or even up to a few states.

... What you should do when a Tornado Watch is issued?...
go about your normal activities, but watch the sky around you
for developing storms. Periodically check your NOAA Weather Radio,
cell phone for radar updates, TV, radio, or cell phone Apps for
updates to keep you weather aware. Always know which County you
live in, and which ones borders your community. If you are on
vacation, or driving through an unfamiliar area, keep a map on hand
and know your location at all times incase danger arises. If you buy
a new cell phone, make sure it is wireless emergency alert capable
(wea). Remember, Wea are emergency messages sent by authorized
government alerting authorities through your Mobile Carrier.
Government partners include: fema, fcc, department of Homeland
security and the NWS. Wea will allow you to receive extreme weather
warnings, local evacuations, Amber alerts and presidential alerts
during a National emergency. Always have a plan on how to get
to a safe place quickly if a warning is issued for your area.

... What does a Tornado Warning mean?...
a Tornado Warning is issued when Doppler radar shows a developing
tornado, or a when tornado has been sighted by trained weather
spotters, County emergency officials, law officials or credited
calls from the public. Tornado Warning means a tornado is
going to move through your location soon, so you need to take
immediate action to protect your life. Tornado warnings are issued
by the NWS offices and typically range in duration from 30 to
60 minutes.

... What you should do when a Tornado Warning is issued?...
take immediate action and remain calm. If you are at home or
in a sturdy building, go to the basement or to an interior room
on the lowest floor. Closets, bathrooms, and other interior rooms
that offer the best protection. Get under something sturdy or
cover yourself with a mattress.

If you are in a school, hospital, or shopping center go to a
pre-designated shelter area. Stay away from large open areas and
windows. Do not go outside to your car. Your car is a very
dangerous shelter in place to go to in the event of a tornado.
If you are in a high-rise building, go to an interior small room
or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Do not use the elevator,
only use The Stairs instead.

For the best protection possible, get under something sturdy or
drop to your knees facing an interior wall. Lean forward with your
hands shielding your head. If at all possible wear a helmet.

Get out of Mobile homes or vehicles. They are easily tossed about
by strong winds in the tornado. Take shelter in a substantial
structure. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in a ditch or low
spot with your hands shielding your head. Never stay inside the
Mobile home or vehicle.

Weather topics for the remainder of the week will be as follows:

Tuesday April 25... severe thunderstorms.
Wednesday April 26... flooding.
Thursday April 27... severe weather terms and definitions .
Friday April 28... severe weather preparedness and safety.

For more information on weather hazards and severe weather awareness
week, please visit:

Http://www.Weather.Gov/bgm
http://www.Weather.Gov/ctp/severeweatherawarenessweek

You can also contact
David nicosia warning coordination meteorologist
at 607-770-9531 x 223 or via email at David.Nicosia@noaa.Gov

Or

Kat Hawley
NWS meteorologist
at 607-729-1597 x 4 or via email at Katherine.Hawley@noaa.Gov


Kah

900 am EDT Mon Apr 24 2017

This is the first statement out of five information
statements providing severe weather knowledge and safety,
which will run each day this week for Pennsylvania's severe
weather awareness week.

Today we discuss the difference between a Tornado Watch, a
Tornado Warning, and provide tips on what to do when a watch or
warning is issued.

... What is a tornado?...
a tornado is a violently rotating column of air from the base of
a thunderstorms that is in contact with the ground. Wind speeds
inside a tornado range from under 100 miles an hour and can exceed
300 miles an hour. Tornadoes come in all shapes and sizes and
can travel as fast as 70 mph, and can destroy virtually everything
in their path.

While the vast majority of tornadoes that occur in the state of
Pennsylvania are not as strong as their counterparts in the Midwest,
strong and damaging tornadoes can and do occur here and in the
northeast portion of the United States. In fact, Pennsylvania
ranks in the top 25 for tornado occurrence in the United
States, averaging twenty tornadoes per year. Between may
31st and June 2nd of 1998, Pennsylvania was hit by 40 tornadoes,
some of which had wind speeds over 200 mph.

... What does a Tornado Watch mean?...
a Tornado Watch is issued when atmospheric conditions are
favorable, over a large area, for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms
to develop. A Tornado Watch is issued to alert you and your family
that if a severe thunderstorm develops, a tornado is possible. It
does not mean a tornado will occur with each thunderstorm, it just
means it is possible. The nws's Storm Prediction Center issues all
tornado watches for the whole conus. Tornado watches can be issued
for several counties or even up to a few states.

... What you should do when a Tornado Watch is issued?...
go about your normal activities, but watch the sky around you
for developing storms. Periodically check your NOAA Weather Radio,
cell phone for radar updates, TV, radio, or cell phone Apps for
updates to keep you weather aware. Always know which County you
live in, and which ones borders your community. If you are on
vacation, or driving through an unfamiliar area, keep a map on hand
and know your location at all times incase danger arises. If you buy
a new cell phone, make sure it is wireless emergency alert capable
(wea). Remember, Wea are emergency messages sent by authorized
government alerting authorities through your Mobile Carrier.
Government partners include: fema, fcc, department of Homeland
security and the NWS. Wea will allow you to receive extreme weather
warnings, local evacuations, Amber alerts and presidential alerts
during a National emergency. Always have a plan on how to get
to a safe place quickly if a warning is issued for your area.

... What does a Tornado Warning mean?...
a Tornado Warning is issued when Doppler radar shows a developing
tornado, or a when tornado has been sighted by trained weather
spotters, County emergency officials, law officials or credited
calls from the public. Tornado Warning means a tornado is
going to move through your location soon, so you need to take
immediate action to protect your life. Tornado warnings are issued
by the NWS offices and typically range in duration from 30 to
60 minutes.

... What you should do when a Tornado Warning is issued?...
take immediate action and remain calm. If you are at home or
in a sturdy building, go to the basement or to an interior room
on the lowest floor. Closets, bathrooms, and other interior rooms
that offer the best protection. Get under something sturdy or
cover yourself with a mattress.

If you are in a school, hospital, or shopping center go to a
pre-designated shelter area. Stay away from large open areas and
windows. Do not go outside to your car. Your car is a very
dangerous shelter in place to go to in the event of a tornado.
If you are in a high-rise building, go to an interior small room
or hallway on the lowest floor possible. Do not use the elevator,
only use The Stairs instead.

For the best protection possible, get under something sturdy or
drop to your knees facing an interior wall. Lean forward with your
hands shielding your head. If at all possible wear a helmet.

Get out of Mobile homes or vehicles. They are easily tossed about
by strong winds in the tornado. Take shelter in a substantial
structure. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in a ditch or low
spot with your hands shielding your head. Never stay inside the
Mobile home or vehicle.

Weather topics for the remainder of the week will be as follows:

Tuesday April 25... severe thunderstorms.
Wednesday April 26... flooding.
Thursday April 27... severe weather terms and definitions .
Friday April 28... severe weather preparedness and safety.

For more information on weather hazards and severe weather awareness
week, please visit:

Http://www.Weather.Gov/bgm
http://www.Weather.Gov/ctp/severeweatherawarenessweek

You can also contact
David nicosia warning coordination meteorologist
at 607-770-9531 x 223 or via email at David.Nicosia@noaa.Gov

Or

Kat Hawley
NWS meteorologist
at 607-729-1597 x 4 or via email at Katherine.Hawley@noaa.Gov


Kah


Weather Severe Map
Alabama - Flood Warning
Arizona - Wind Advisory , Fire Weather Warning , Fire Weather Warning, Fire Weather Watch
Arkansas - Flood Warning
California - High Surf Advisory , Areal Flood Advisory , Wind Advisory , High Wind Warning , Lake Wind Advisory , Beach Hazard Statement , Public Information Statement
Colorado - Winter Weather Advisory , Fire Weather Warning , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Florida - Coastal Hazard Statement , Lake Wind Advisory
Georgia - Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Special Statement , Hydrologic Statement
Idaho - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Special Statement
Illinois - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory
Iowa - Flood Warning , Special Statement
Kansas - Wind Advisory , Public Information Statement
Kentucky - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory
Louisiana - Flood Warning
Maryland - High Surf Advisory
Michigan - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory
Minnesota - Flood Warning , Special Statement
Missouri - Flood Warning
Montana - Winter Storm Watch , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning
Nevada - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory , Lake Wind Advisory , Wind Advisory
New Mexico - Wind Advisory , High Wind Warning , Fire Weather Warning , Fire Weather Warning, Fire Weather Watch
New York - Flood Warning
North Carolina - Flood Warning , Areal Flood Warning , Areal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch , Flash Flood Watch , Areal Flood Watch , High Surf Advisory, Beach Hazard Statement , Areal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch , Areal Flood Watch, Areal Flood Advisory , Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch , Flash Flood Watch, High Surf Advisory, Beach Hazard Statement , High Surf Advisory , Wind Advisory , Beach Hazard Statement
North Dakota - Flood Warning , Winter Weather Advisory
Oklahoma - Flood Warning , Flood Advisory
Oregon - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning, Winter Weather Advisory
Pennsylvania - Public Information Statement
Puerto Rico - Coastal Hazard Statement
South Carolina - Flash Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch , Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch
South Dakota - Winter Storm Watch , Special Statement
Tennessee - Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning, Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Flood Advisory , Hydrologic Statement
Texas - Flood Warning , Wind Advisory , High Wind Warning , Fire Weather Warning, Fire Weather Watch , Air Quality Alert
Virginia - Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Flood Warning, Areal Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Coastal Flood Statement , Areal Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch , Flash Flood Watch , High Surf Advisory , Areal Flood Watch, Areal Flood Advisory
Washington - Winter Weather Advisory
West Virginia - Areal Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Areal Flood Advisory, Areal Flood Watch
Wisconsin - Flood Warning , Special Statement
Wyoming - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Watch

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