A flood warning was issued for central Alabama Monday morning

A flood warning was issued for central Alabama Monday morning

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Monday at 4:41 a.m. in effect until 6:45 a.m. for Autauga, Dallas and Lowndes counties.

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

The Meteorological Service explained that “minor flooding occurred in low-lying and poorly drained areas.” “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 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.

Weather Service Flood Safety Guidelines: Weathering the Storm

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:

  • 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 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, 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.

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.

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 rapid water flow:

  • Avoid parking or walking near sewers or drainage ditches, as fast-moving water during heavy rain can carry you away.

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, 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:

  • 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 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.
  • 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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