A flash flood warning is impacting central Alabama until early Monday morning
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning at 2:43 a.m. Monday in effect until 5:45 a.m. for Bulloch, Macon and Montgomery counties.
“At 2:43 a.m., Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warning area. Between 3 and 5 inches of rain fell. An additional 2 to 4 inches of rain is possible in the warning area. Flash flooding continues Or expected to start soon,” comments the weather service. “Flash flooding in creeks, small creeks, urban areas, highways, streets and tunnels as well as poor drainage and other low-lying areas.”
The warning is for Montgomery, Tuskegee, Notasulga, Millstead, Meadville, Pike Road, Shorter, Franklin, Hardaway, Waugh, Tysonville, Victoryland, Chopton, Mount Meigs, Liverpool, Pine Level, Auburn University at Montgomery, Eastdale Mall, Davisville and Pinedale. .
According to the weather service, “Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood fatalities occur in vehicles. Be especially careful at night when flood hazards are difficult to recognize.”
Breaking Weather Alerts: Advisories, Watches and Warnings
- Flash Flood Warning: Take Action!
A flash flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or is already occurring. In areas prone to flooding, it is necessary to move immediately to higher ground. A flash flood is sudden, violent inundation that can develop within minutes to hours, and can occur even in areas that are not currently experiencing rainfall.
- 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. This does not mean flooding, but it is possible.
Navigating the Flood: The Weather Service’s flood safety tips for weathering the storm
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, 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. 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 or popping sounds, evacuate immediately. Avoid any water that may be electrostatically charged.
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. Look for higher ground if you are trapped:
- If trapped by moving water, head to the highest available point and contact emergency services by dialing 911.
When heavy rain falls, there is a possibility of flooding, especially in low-lying or flood-prone areas. It is important to never drive through water on the road, even if it appears shallow. According to the National Weather Service, up to 12 inches of fast-flowing water could carry most vehicles away. Stay safe by being prepared and reporting.
Rainy roads ahead: essential safety tips for heavy rain
Rain can turn roads into hazards. Stay informed and follow these weather service tips to ensure safety during heavy rain:
Beware of swollen waterways:
- In heavy rain, refrain from parking or walking near sewers or drainage ditches, as fast-moving water can pose a serious hazard.
Maintain safe driving distances:
- Use the two-second rule to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and allow an extra two seconds in heavy rain.
Slow down and drive carefully:
- On wet roads, deceleration is crucial. Gradually ease the accelerator pedal and avoid sudden braking to prevent skidding.
Choose your path wisely:
- Stick to the middle lanes to reduce the risk of aquaplaning. Exterior walkways are more susceptible to water accumulation.
Setting vision priorities:
- Turn your headlights on and be aware of other vehicles behind you and in blind spots as they are especially difficult to see through rain-splashed windows.
Beware of slippery roads:
- The first half hour of rain is when the roads are smoothest due to a combination of rain, dirt and oil. Use extreme caution during this period.
Keep a safe distance from large vehicles:
- Large trucks and buses can reduce your visibility with tire spray. Avoid tracking and pass quickly and safely.
Take care of the windshield wipers in your car:
- Overloaded wiper blades can obstruct visibility. If rain severely limits your visibility, stop and wait for conditions to improve. Resort to rest areas or protected places.
- When stopping on the side of the road is your only option, park your vehicle as far off the road as possible, preferably behind guardrails. Keep your headlights on and activate your emergency lights to alert other drivers of your location.
In the face of heavy rain, these precautions can make a big difference in ensuring your safety on the road. Remember to stay informed of the weather conditions and listen to local authorities’ advice for a safe trip.
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