Cumberland County is under a coastal flood warning Tuesday

Cumberland County is under a coastal flood warning Tuesday

The National Weather Service on Monday at 1:31 p.m. issued a Coastal Flood Warning effective for Tuesday between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. for Cumberland County.

“Flooding up to half a foot above ground level is expected in low-lying areas near beaches and tidal waterways,” the weather service comments.

“At this level, flooding begins on the most vulnerable roads in coastal and Gulf communities, and along tidal inland waterways. Some roads are likely to be partially or completely closed,” the weather service adds. “If travel is required, allow extra time as some roads may be closed. Do not drive around curbs or through water of unknown depth. Take necessary measures to protect property vulnerable to flooding.”

Understand the differences between 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 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 a flood: Recommendations from the weather service

In flood-prone areas or while camping in low-lying areas, understanding and following the weather service’s flood safety guidelines can be life-saving:

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. 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 or popping sounds, evacuate immediately. Avoid any water that may be electrostatically charged.

6. Stay away from flood water:

  • Never attempt to walk through flood water. Even just 6 inches of fast moving water can forcefully knock you off your feet.

7. Find high ground when surrounded:

  • 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 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.

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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