A coastal flood warning has been issued for Salem County through Saturday afternoon
The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Watch at 8:21 a.m. Friday in effect until Saturday at 1 p.m. in Salem County.
“Up to a half-foot of flooding is above ground level in low-lying areas near beaches and tidal waterways,” the weather service adds.
“At this level, flooding begins on the most vulnerable roads along tidal waterways. Some roads will likely be partially or completely closed,” the weather service said. “If travel is required, allow extra time as some roads may be closed. Do not drive around curbs or through water of unknown depth. Take necessary measures to protect property vulnerable to flooding.”
Deciphering advisories, watches and warnings: Understanding weather alerts
- Flash Flood Warning: Take Action!
A flash flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in an area prone to flooding, move immediately to higher ground. A flash flood is a sudden, violent flood that can take minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible for flash floods to occur in areas that do not receive rain immediately.
- Flood Warning: Take Action!
A flood warning is announced when flooding is about to occur or is already underway.
- Flood Warning: Pay attention:
A flood warning is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, this may cause significant inconvenience and, if care is not taken, may lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.
- Flood Watch: Be Prepared:
A flood warning is issued when conditions are conducive to flooding. It does not guarantee that flooding will occur, but it indicates that the possibility exists.
Be prepared for floods: Expert guidance from the weather service for your safety
In flood-prone areas or while camping in low-lying areas, understanding and following the weather service’s flood safety guidelines can be life-saving:
1. Move to higher ground:
- If you are in an area prone to flooding, or if you are camping in a low place, move to higher ground as a first step.
2. Adherence to evacuation orders:
- If local authorities issue an evacuation order, you must respond immediately. Before leaving, secure your home by locking it.
3. Disconnect utilities and appliances:
- If time permits, disconnect your utilities and appliances. This reduces the risk of electrical hazards during floods.
4. Stay away from flooded basements and flooded areas:
- Avoid flooded basements or rooms with outlets or electrical cords. Preventing electrical accidents is crucial.
5. Immediate safety evacuation:
- If you notice a spark or hear buzzing, clicking, clicking or popping sounds, evacuate without delay. Do not enter water that may carry an electrical charge.
6. Refrain from walking in flood water:
- Never attempt to walk through flood water. Even just 6 inches of fast moving water can forcefully knock you off your feet.
7. Find high ground when surrounded:
- If trapped by moving water, head to the highest available point and contact emergency services by dialing 911.
During periods of heavy rainfall, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas, the risk of flooding increases. Remember this important tip: Never try to drive through water on the road, even if it seems shallow. According to the weather service, at least 12 inches of fast-moving water could carry most vehicles away. Stay safe by being prepared and reporting.
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