A flood warning for southwest Alabama effective Thursday
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning at 9:02 PM Monday, effective Thursday at 7 AM for Clark, Monroe and Wilcox counties.
The Weather Service comments: “Turn around, do not drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood fatalities occur in vehicles. The following statement will be issued as updates occur.”
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. 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. It does not guarantee that flooding will occur, but it indicates that the possibility exists.
Staying safe during floods: expert advice 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. Move to higher 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. Follow 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. Avoid basements and flooded areas:
- Avoid flooded basements or rooms with outlets or electrical cords. Preventing electrical accidents is crucial.
5. Quick evacuation for your safety:
- 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. Look for higher ground if you are trapped:
- If you become trapped by moving water, get to the highest point possible and call 911 to contact emergency services.
During heavy rains, the risk of flooding increases, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Always remember to never drive through water on the road, no matter how shallow it may seem. 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.
Driving during heavy rain: safety tips for wet roads
Rain can turn roads into hazards. Stay informed and follow these weather service tips to ensure safety during heavy rain:
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:
- 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:
- If it rains and the roads are wet, slow down. Lift your foot off the accelerator and let your speed gradually decrease. Never apply the brakes suddenly as this may cause the vehicle to skid.
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:
- Enhance your visibility during heavy rain by activating your headlights. Be especially vigilant for vehicles in blind spots, as rain-stained windows can obscure them.
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 impairs your visibility, stop and wait until conditions improve. Seek shelter in 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.
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.
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