A coastal flood warning is affecting Salem County on Wednesday

A coastal flood warning is affecting Salem County on Wednesday

The National Weather Service issued a Coastal Flood Warning at 2:08 p.m. Tuesday effective Wednesday between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. for Salem County.

“Flooding up to half a foot above ground level is expected in low-lying areas near beaches and tidal waterways,” the weather service comments.

“At this level, flooding begins on the most vulnerable roads along tidal waterways. Some roads are likely to be partially or completely closed,” the weather service says. “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 issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

  • Flood Warning: Pay attention:

A flood warning is issued when flooding is not expected to reach a severity level that would require a warning to be issued. However, it can still cause significant inconvenience and, without caution, lead to life- and/or property-threatening situations.

  • 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.

Weathering the Storm: Flood Safety Guidelines from the Weather Service

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. Find high ground:

  • If you live in a flood-prone area or are camping in a low-lying area, the first step to safety is to move to higher ground.

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 precaution reduces electrical risks during floods.

4. Avoid basements and flooded areas:

  • Stay away from basements or rooms with flooded outlets or electrical cords. This helps prevent electrical accidents.

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. Stay away from flood water:

  • Never attempt to walk through floodwater, even if it appears shallow. Just 6 inches of fast-moving water can forcefully sweep 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.

Advanced Local Weather Alerts is a service provided by United Robots, which uses machine learning to collect the latest data from the National Weather Service.

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