Don’t let severe weather ruin your visit to Barren River and Barren River Lake

* Strong winds can exceed 100 mph.
* Lightning causes an average of 80 fatalities and 300 injuries each year.
* Flash Floods are the #1 cause of deaths associated with thunderstorms.
* Tornadoes cause an average of 70 fatalities and 1,500 injuries each year. 
                                                                                                  – National Weather Service
   Don’t let severe weather ruin your outdoor activities, whether it be fishing or boating or just enjoying the spring weather.
   With severe weather last week (heavy rain, high winds, tornadoes) and more forecast this week for the Barren River region, you should be ready to take precautions to avoid injury or even death if severe weather strikes.
   The National Weather Service has created a Preparedness Guide in the case of severe weather.
   Here are some safety tips from the National Weather Service:
     – Check the Weather Forecast before heading to the river or lake.
     – Listen to TV or radio for watches and warnings.
     – Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are forecast.
If caught outdoors during severe weather:
     –  Move to a sturdy building or car.
     – Do not take shelter under small sheds or isolated trees.
     – Do not use cell phones or any other electronic devices.
If caught outdoors and no shelter is available:
     – Find a low spot away from trees, but not flood prone areas.
     – If in the woods, seek shelter under shorter trees.
     – If you are boating or swimming, get to land immediately and find shelter.
     – If you come upon flood waters, turn around and go back.
Be safe!

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