Update: A flood warning has been issued for west-central Alabama Tuesday through Friday
The National Weather Service issued an updated flood warning at 9:18 a.m. Sunday valid from Tuesday 2 p.m. through Friday 1:12 a.m. for Greene, Marengo and Sumter counties.
The weather service adds: “Turn around, do not drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood fatalities occur in vehicles. The next statement will be issued late tonight, or earlier if conditions warrant.”
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 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.
Navigating the Flood: The Weather Service’s flood safety tips for 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 live in a flood-prone area or are camping in a low-lying area, the first step to safety is to move to higher ground.
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. Avoid basements and flooded areas:
- Avoid flooded basements or rooms with outlets or electrical cords. Preventing electrical accidents is crucial.
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. 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. 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. Stay safe by being prepared and reporting.
Mastering Wet Roads: Safety Tips for Heavy Rainfall
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 rapid water flow:
- 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:
- 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 drive carefully:
- On wet roads, deceleration is crucial. Gradually ease the accelerator pedal 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 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 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.
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.
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