A flood warning has been issued for central Alabama through Monday evening
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch at 9:57 AM Sunday valid from 6 PM until 6 PM Monday for Blount, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa and Chambers counties.
“Flooding caused by heavy rainfall is possible in the flood watch area,” the weather service said.
“Excessive runoff may lead to flooding of rivers, creeks, creeks and other low-lying, flood-prone locations,” the weather service explains. “You should monitor subsequent forecasts and pay attention to potential flood warnings. Those who live in flood-prone areas should be prepared to take necessary action in the event of flooding.”
Breaking Weather Alerts: 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 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.
Staying safe during floods: expert advice 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. 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, 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 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, there is a risk of flooding, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Remember to never drive through water on the road, even if it appears shallow. According to the National Weather Service, at least 12 inches of fast-moving water could carry most cars away. Stay safe by being prepared and reporting.
Navigating on rainy roads: wet weather safety tips
When heavy rains fall, the risk of flooding and treacherous roads increases. Here’s your guide from the weather service to staying safe during rain:
Beware of swollen waterways:
- During heavy rain, avoid 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, reducing speed is crucial. Ease the accelerator pedal gradually 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:
- 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 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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