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June 01, 2017

AccuWeather Provides Critical New Summer Preparedness Information During National Safety Month

AccuWeather encourages users to "Be AccuWeather Ready" to properly prepare for Summer with life-saving weather forecasts, warnings, and tools, keeping people safe.

AccuWeather Global Weather Center - June 1, 2017 - AccuWeather, the global leader in weather information and digital media, continues to strengthen its mission of saving lives, protecting property, and helping people prosper through AccuWeather Ready - the year-round weather preparedness program that focuses on keeping people informed and safe. Raising educational awareness during National Safety Month, new AccuWeather Ready safety information is now available at www.AccuWeather.com/Ready to prepare for intense heat, lightning, beach hazards, and flooding prior to Summer travel, events, and activities.

In addition to 24/7 weather information and updates with Superior Accuracy™ on award-winning AccuWeather mobile apps, AccuWeather.com, and the AccuWeather Network, the AccuWeather Ready program features weather preparedness tools including in-app severe weather push notifications, personalized weather preparedness plans, tailored emergency kits with detailed shopping lists, educational weather news and videos, an easy-to-use toolkit with actionable safety tips, and more, making AccuWeather the go-to resource that people rely on for Summer and year-round weather safety.

Be prepared for Summer by knowing the facts:

• Heat is the leading weather-related cause of death in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.

• With an outside temperature of 80 degrees, it only takes an hour for the temperature inside a car to reach a deadly 123 degrees.

• A storm is classified as a tropical storm when its sustained winds reach 39 mph and a hurricane when the sustained winds reach 74 mph.

• Storms with winds above 74 mph are called "hurricanes" in the Atlantic and East Pacific oceans, "typhoons" in the West Pacific ocean, and "cyclones" in the Indian and South Pacific oceans.

• The energy from one bolt of lightning can light a 100-watt light bulb for more than three months.

"Summer is a time that holds significant weather and water hazards. Heat waves can be lengthy and deadly, lightning deaths are at their peak, beach hazards such as rip currents can catch the unprepared, and it is the start of hurricane season," said Doug Hilderbrand, National Weather Service Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Initiative Lead. "We thank AccuWeather for their continued leadership and participation as a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador to share weather preparedness information, doing their part to keep people educated and safe this Summer."

The AccuWeather Ready program demonstrates AccuWeather's continued leadership and commitment as a U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. AccuWeather was named one of NOAA's first Ambassadors in the weather enterprise initiative, launched in 2014 to recognize organizations committed to helping the nation be better prepared for, respond to, and recover from weather-related disasters. AccuWeather and NOAA have partnered for many years. The company has supported NOAA and National Weather Service (NWS) budgets in testimony and presentations before the United States Congress and with the Office of Management and Budget, as well as other federal agencies. Additionally, AccuWeather has been a long time cooperation partner with NOAA and Barry Lee Myers has served as a Special Advisor to three Directors of the NWS.

To generate additional weather safety and preparedness awareness, AccuWeather announces the launch of the SummerCast Instant Win Sweepstakes today through June 30, 2017. Participants have the chance to win up to $1,000 and share how AccuWeather's Superior Accuracy helps them stay prepared and safe throughout the Summer for additional chances to win. To register and view complete rules, visit the AccuWeather Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AccuWeather/ .

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