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Big wind storm ushers in "Severe Weather Awareness Week"

April 30th, 2013 - 5:39am

(Port Angeles) -- Ironically, one of the biggest wind events of the year hit the area yesterday. The same day severe weather awareness week began.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, uses this week each year to remind residents on the Olympic Peninsula about the risks of weather extremes.

On average, the Pacific Northwest experiences 10 weather related deaths each year, and over $500-million dollars in weather related property damage.

NOAA spokesman, Ted Buehner, tells us that thunderstorms are of particular concern here on the Olympic Peninsula.

Spring marks the beginning of thunderstorm season. NOAA advises staying inside during a thunderstorm, but if you are caught outside when a storm approaches, keep away from trees, tall objects, metal objects and water. Boaters and swimmers should get to land and shelter as a soon as possible.

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