A weather alert for heavy rain and flooding was issued for north Alabama early Wednesday evening
A National Weather Service report was issued Wednesday at 3:30 PM of heavy rain and flooding through 5 PM in Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Morgan and Cullman counties.
“Moderate to heavy rain is producing heavy rain west of the I-65 corridor and in locations in south-central Tennessee. Between 1 to 2.5 inches of rain has already fallen in these locations. Moderate to heavy rain will continue briefly over these areas until 5 p.m. Resulting in up to an additional inch or two of rain. This will likely result in widespread ponding of water on area roads and isolated flooding as well. If rising water begins to approach your location, move to higher ground immediately. In addition to However, motorists should exercise caution and be alert for puddles on area highways. Slow down to avoid aquaplaning. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio, or one of your favorite local media outlets, to get more data or updates from the National Weather Service in Huntsville,” the weather service states.
Navigating on rainy roads: wet weather safety tips
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:
- During heavy rain, avoid playing near sewers or drainage ditches, as fast-moving water can pose a serious danger.
Maintain safe driving distances:
- The two-second rule for distance tracking is your ally in heavy rain. Extend it to four seconds to ensure safe spacing in adverse conditions.
Slow down and drive carefully:
- 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 to reduce the risk of aquaplaning. Exterior walkways are more susceptible to water accumulation.
The importance of vision:
- 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 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 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, position your vehicle as far away from the road as possible, preferably behind guardrails. Keep your headlights on and activate your emergency lights to alert other drivers.
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.
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