A flood warning was issued for Geneva and Houston counties Monday morning

A flood warning was issued for Geneva and Houston counties Monday morning

On Monday at 6:45 a.m. the National Weather Service issued a flood warning in effect until 9:45 a.m. for Geneva and Houston counties.

“Flooding caused by heavy rainfall is expected,” the weather service commented.

The Meteorological Department reported “minor flooding in low-lying and poorly drained areas.” “Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood fatalities occur in vehicles.”

Your guide to 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. It does not guarantee that flooding will occur, but it indicates that the possibility exists.

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. 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. Adherence to 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. Avoid 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 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.

When heavy rain falls, there is a risk of flooding, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. It is important that you never attempt to drive through water on the road, no matter how deep it is. According to the weather service, up to 12 inches of rushing water could wash away most vehicles. Prioritize your safety by staying informed and prepared.

Rainy roads ahead: essential safety tips for heavy rain

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 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.

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

The importance of vision:

  • 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 mixture 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.
  • 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 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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