A flood warning is affecting Montgomery County through Sunday evening

A flood warning is affecting Montgomery County through Sunday evening

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Warning Sunday at 4:16 PM in effect until 7:45 PM for Montgomery County.

“Flooding is expected in urban and small areas due to heavy rainfall,” the weather service describes.

The Meteorological Service comments: “Minor flooding in low-lying, poorly drained areas. Floods in poorly drained areas.” “Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood fatalities occur in vehicles.”

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. 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 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. 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 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 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 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. Prioritize your safety by staying informed and prepared.

Driving during heavy rain: safety tips for wet roads

Heavy rain may lead to flooding if it continues for a long time or if there is excessive runoff. Excessive runoff can be the result of saturated ground and/or intense rainfall. Follow these recommendations from the weather service to stay safe in 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 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:

  • The first half hour of rain is when the roads are smoothest due to a mixture of rain, dirt and oil. Use extreme caution during this period.

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:

  • 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.
  • If the side of the road is your only option, drive as far away as possible, preferably past the end of the guardrail, and wait for the storm to pass. Keep your headlights on and turn on your emergency flashers 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 of 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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