Update: Hydrological forecast for Alabama

Update: Hydrological forecast for Alabama

The National Weather Service on Monday at 8:12 p.m. issued an updated hydrological forecast for Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Blount, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Shelton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Etowah, Fayette and Greene. , Hill, Jefferson, Lamar, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Walker and Winston.

“Rain chances are expected to increase Tuesday and remain high through Saturday as several waves of precipitation move through central Alabama. Currently, forecast rainfall totals range from 2-3 inches in the Southeast to more than 6 inches across Marion and Winston counties Much of this rain could fall Wednesday through Thursday, and areas of northwest-central Alabama have been placed at moderate risk for heavy rainfall by the WPC. Heavy rain can quickly inundate streams and areas prone to flooding. There may be flash or “Flood Watches” were issued in a later forecast, and the focus of the highest rainfall totals may change as the week develops. We urge businesses throughout central Alabama to monitor the latest forecasts and prepare to take quick action in the event of flooding,” the weather service says.

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. It is even possible for flash floods to occur 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 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. Find high 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. 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 reduces the risk of electrical hazards during floods.

4. Avoid basements and flooded areas:

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

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. Refrain from walking in 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.

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:

  • 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 be careful:

  • 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 to reduce the risk of aquaplaning. Exterior walkways are more susceptible to water accumulation.

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.
  • 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.

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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