A flood warning affects Cherokee County through Tuesday night

A flood warning affects Cherokee County through Tuesday night

On Monday at 11:11 PM the National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning in effect until Tuesday at 11:15 PM for Cherokee County.

The Meteorological Service said: “Floods are expected due to heavy rainfall.”

“Flooding of rivers, creeks, creeks and other low-lying and flood-prone locations is imminent or occurring,” the weather service added. “Turn around, do not drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood fatalities occur in vehicles. Floods are occurring or are imminent. It is important to know where you are in relation to creeks, rivers or creeks that can become fatal in heavy rains. Campers and hikers should… Avoid tables or tables.

Understand the differences between advisories, watches and warnings

  • 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. Flash floods are even possible 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. This does not mean flooding, but it is possible.

Staying safe during a flood: Recommendations from the weather service

Floods can be a major threat, especially if you live in a flood-prone area or find yourself camping in a low-lying area. To ensure your safety, the Weather Service offers basic flood safety guidelines:

1. Find high 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. Follow evacuation orders:

  • When local authorities issue an evacuation order, obey it 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. 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 or popping sounds, evacuate immediately. Avoid any water that may be electrostatically charged.

6. Stay away from 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. Prioritize your safety by staying informed and prepared.

Navigating on rainy roads: wet weather safety tips

When heavy rain falls, safety is paramount. Prepare yourself with these tips from the weather service for navigating wet roads and avoiding hazards:

Beware of rapid water flow:

  • 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:

  • Follow the two-second rule to maintain a safe following distance behind the vehicle in front of you. In heavy rain, allow an additional 2 seconds of clearance to compensate for reduced traction and braking effectiveness.

Slow down and be careful:

  • 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 on multi-lane roads to reduce the risk of aquaplaning, as water tends to accumulate in the outer lanes.

Setting vision priorities:

  • Enhance your visibility in heavy rain by turning on your headlights. Beware of vehicles in your blind spots, as rain-stained windows can obscure them.

Beware of slippery roads:

  • Be very careful during the first half hour after the rain starts. Dirt and oils on the road surface mix with water to make the road slippery.

Keep a safe distance from large vehicles:

  • Do not follow large trucks or buses too closely. The spray generated by their large tires reduces your visibility. Be careful when passing them too; If you must pass, do so quickly and safely.

Take care of the windshield wipers in your car:

  • Heavy rain may overload the wiper blades. When visibility is so limited that road edges or other vehicles cannot be seen at a safe distance, it is time to stop and wait for the rain to subside. It is best to stop at rest areas or other protected areas.
  • 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.

By following these safety measures, you can significantly reduce risks and ensure your well-being when heavy rain falls. Stay informed about the weather conditions and listen to advice from local authorities to make your trip safe and sound.

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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