Alabama is under a flood watch until Thursday evening

Alabama is under a flood watch until Thursday evening

The National Weather Service issued a flood watch at 3:18 a.m. Wednesday valid from noon through Thursday 6 p.m. for Choctaw, Washington, Clark and Mobile counties.

“Flash flooding caused by heavy rainfall is possible,” the weather service commented.

“Excessive runoff may cause flooding of rivers, creeks, creeks and other low-lying, flood-prone locations,” the weather service describes. “You should monitor subsequent forecasts and prepare to take action if flash flood warnings are issued.”

Deciphering advisories, watches and warnings: Understanding weather alerts

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action!

A flash flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or is already occurring. In areas prone to flooding, it is necessary to move immediately to higher ground. A flash flood is sudden, violent inundation that can develop within minutes to hours, and can occur even in areas that are not currently experiencing rainfall.

  • 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.

Weathering the Storm: Flood Safety Guidelines 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. Adherence to evacuation orders:

  • If local authorities issue an evacuation order, you must 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:

  • Stay away from basements or rooms with flooded outlets or electrical cords. This helps prevent electrical accidents.

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 heavy rains, flooding is possible, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Never drive through water on the road, even if it doesn’t look deep. It takes just 12 inches of flowing water to move most cars, according to the weather service. Stay safe by being prepared and reporting.

Navigating on rainy roads: wet weather safety tips

When heavy rain falls, the risk of flooding and hazardous driving conditions increases. Whether it’s prolonged rainfall or rapid runoff, preparation is essential. Here are some valuable safety tips from the weather service to ensure you stay safe in heavy 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:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • Stay toward the middle aisles – water tends to pool in the outer aisles.

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.

In the face of heavy rain, these precautions can make a big difference in ensuring your safety on the road. Remember to stay informed of the weather conditions and listen to local authorities’ advice for a safe trip.

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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