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‘Lightning Safety Awareness Week’ this week

first_imgColumbus, Oh. — In an annual coordinated effort with the National Weather Service (NWS), the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is promoting June 24-30 as National Lightning Safety Awareness Week and encourages all Ohioans to know what to do before, during and after thunderstorms, and to practice severe weather safety and preparedness throughout the summer.Although lightning strikes can occur at any time during the year, summertime is usually peak season for thunder and lightning storms. Since the inception of Lightning Safety Awareness Week, lightning fatalities in the U.S. have dropped from about 50 per year to an average of 30 or less per year. The NWS attributes this reduction to this weather safety campaign and to a greater awareness of lightning danger, and people seeking safe shelter when thunderstorms threaten.According to the NWS, as of June 8, there have been five lightning-strike fatalities in the country this year, including a 7-year-old boy from Tennessee. In 2017, there were 16 lightning fatalities in a total of six states, including an 82-year-old man from Brewster, Ohio (Stark County).There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Lightning safety is an inconvenience that can save your life. So, “When thunder roars, go indoors!” Stop outdoor activities and seek safe shelter immediately.The NWS and the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness encourage Ohioans to prepare for thunder and lightning storms – and all severe weather events.If thunder and lightning storms are happening in your area, you should do the following:Listen to current weather reports on local TV or radio stations, or use a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio. Be aware of changing weather conditions. Severe thunderstorms can hail, damaging winds and/or tornadoes.Avoid contact with corded phones and devices, including those plugged into electrical outlets for recharging. Cordless and wireless phones not connected to wall outlets are safe to use.Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords. If you can do so safely, unplug appliances and other electrical items such as computers, and turn off air conditioners. Power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.Avoid contact with plumbing and water. Do not wash your hands, bathe or shower. Do not wash dishes or do laundry. Water and plumbing conduct electricity.If you’re caught outside:Take shelter in a sturdy, substantial building. Avoid isolated sheds or small structures in open areas, such as baseball dugouts.Avoid natural lightning rods such as a tall, isolated tree in an open area. Also avoid hilltops or open fields.Avoid being in or near bodies of water such as the beach, a swimming pool, fishing, or on a boat.Avoid contact with anything metal – tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.If driving during a severe thunderstorm, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency hazard lights until the heavy rain stops. Avoid flooded roadways – Turn Around Don’t Drown®. Just 12 inches of moving water can sweep away most vehicles.To minimize the risk of being struck by lightning, just remember “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!” and stay indoors until at least 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder or crack of lightning.For additional information on lightning safety, visit the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness, ReadyOhio, or the NWS site at www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.last_img read more

Cricket News Steve Smith closes gap on Virat Kohli in ICC Test rankings for batsmen

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Steve Smith continued his magnificent form in the current Ashes series against England. After scoring two centuries in the Edgbaston Test, Smith smashed his seventh consecutive fifty-plus score against England in Ashes contest by hammering 92. The knock was gritty as he was hit on the side of the neck by a pacy Jofra Archer bouncer which forced him to retire hurt but he came back and neared yet another century before being trapped LBW by Chris Woakes. The knock has helped Smith leap in the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen. Smith pipped New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson to second spot with only nine points separating him and the top-ranked Virat Kohli in the latest list for ICC Test list. The Indian captain, with 922 points, is on top of the list while Smith, after his twin Ashes hundreds in Birmingham and 92 at Lord’s, is on 913 points. The other Indian in the top-10 is Cheteshwar Pujara, who stayed put at his fourth position.Smith was withdrawn from the Lord’s Ashes Test against England following a blow to the side of his neck by a 93 mph bouncer from Jofra Archer on day 4 of the second Test. According to an official, Smith was closely monitored by medical staff overnight and after sleeping well, he woke this morning with “a bit of a headache and a feeling of grogginess.” As part of the Cricket Australia concussion protocol, repeat concussion testing of Smith was also performed and results showed some deterioration from his testing which is consistent with the emergence of the symptoms he was reporting. On that basis ,Steve has been withdrawn from the match by team doctor Richard Saw and the Australia team. Smith’s fitness will be assessed on an ongoing basis. He will undergo a precautionary scan on his neck on Sunday. However, his participation for the third Test which will begin on August 22 at Headingley, is in doubt considering the short turnaround time. Following Smith’s withdrawal, Marnus Labuschagne has created history by becoming the first concussion substitute in the history of Test cricket.  highlightscenter_img Steve Smith trails Virat Kohli by nine points in ICC Test rankings.Steve Smith might miss the third Test at Leeds due to injury.Virat Kohli is all set for the two-Test series against West Indies.last_img read more