Alright, it's time for part 2 of our severe weather prep and today's topic is the dangers of flash flooding.
Flash flooding is exactly what the name implies: Flooding that can occur in an instant or Flash at any point during the year!
Believe it or not, flooding is an underrated cause of weather related deaths each year nationwide.
So, taking it seriously and recognizing the dangers is very important.
While there are many causes for flash flooding, the main one is typically from very heavy rain that falls quickly in a thunderstorm or slow moving showers/storms that "train" over the same areas for an extending period of time.
The rainfall begins to pile up and before you know it, what usually are tranquil streams and creeks in a neighborhood or town get turned into a raging river of water.
It's important to never underestimate the power of moving water.
In fact, it only takes 6 inches of fast-moving water to knock an adult off of their feet and carry them away.
If we double that to a foot of fast moving water, then that is enough to float away a small car!
If you approach a roadway that appears flooded, remember the saying you often hear from your meteorologists: "Turn Around, Don't Drown!"
You do not want to drive through flooded waters because you simply don't know just how deep that water is.
It is always best to turn back around and head for higher ground.
Planning accordingly is key.
Keep up with the forecast. If it is calling for heavy rain on a given day and you know the road(s) you usually travel on is prone to flooding, go ahead and have a different route mapped out.
Furthermore, if you live in an area that is susceptible to flooding, plan on getting to higher ground BEFORE the flooding event.
As we discussed yesterday, make sure to have that disaster kit assembled and ready to be put in use if necessary.
Just as we talked about yesterday, a flood WATCH means to be prepared and monitor weather conditions while a WARNING means that flooding is ongoing and it is time to take action.
Remember that it is always best to avoid flooded areas and roads when the water rises and of course you want to make sure to heed the warnings and advice from your local meteorologists and law enforcement officials.