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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 7:24 AM EST on March 06, 2015


***severe weather preparedness week in North Carolina is March
1-7, 2015***

Today's topic: flash flood safety.

Flash flooding in North Carolina usually occurs when a large amount
of rain falls in an area over a short period of time. The ground
can only soak up so much water in a given time, and when the rain
rate exceeds what can infiltrate into the ground or run off into
drainage systems or streams, flooding is likely to occur.
Hurricanes, tropical storms, and Ordinary thunderstorms can produce
flash flooding.

More people die from floods each year than from tornadoes, lightning,
or hurricanes. Forecasters can usually predict where flooding will
occur when a hurricane or tropical storm affects an area. However,
when dealing with thunderstorms, predicting flash floods can be
nearly impossible due to their isolated nature. Flash floods usually
occur in low-lying areas where water can collect or in cities where
water runoff from impermeable surfaces can fill roads or storm
drains quickly.

In the past 10 years, flash flooding has occurred in North Carolina
over 1000 times, amounting to damages on the order of hundreds of
millions of dollars, and resulting in numerous fatalities. Being
prepared and knowing how to stay safe will help you and your loved
ones survive a flood.

Prepare:
knowing your flood risk is the best way to prepare for flooding.
Determine if you live in or near locations that are prone to
flooding. You can find out if you live in a flood plain by visiting
our partners at fema at MSC.Fema.Gov.

Be aware:
find the latest forecasts and hazardous weather conditions at
weather.Gov and water.Weather.Gov. Forecasters in NWS offices work
around the clock to ensure watches, warnings, and advisories are
issued to alert the public to hazardous conditions. The same
information is available on your Mobile device at
Mobile.Weather.Gov. Most cell phones are able to receive flash
flood warnings via the wireless emergency alerts system. Visit
www.NWS.NOAA.Gov/com/weatherreadynation/Wea.Html for more
information.

Another tool to alert you to hazardous conditions is NOAA all
hazards radio. This nationwide network of radio stations broadcasts
continuous weather, river and other emergency information direct
from NWS offices and emergency officials. For more information,
visit www.NWS.NOAA.Gov/NWR.

Be safe:
flooding is one of the leading causes of weather related fatalities
in the US. On average, flooding claims the lives of 89 people in
the US each year. Most of these deaths occur in motor vehicles when
people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Many other lives
are lost when people walk into flood waters. This happens because
people underestimate the force and power of water, especially when
it is moving. The good news is most flooding deaths are preventable
with the right knowledge.

Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over an adult. Only
eighteen inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles,
including large suvs. It is impossible to tell the exact depth of
water covering a roadway or the condition of the Road below the
water. This is especially true at night when your vision is more
limited. It is never safe to drive or walk through flood waters.
Any time you come to a flooded Road, walkway, or path, follow this
simple rule: turn around, don't drown.

Remember these flash flood safety tips:
* if a Flash Flood Warning is issued for your area, or if there is
any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher
ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
* Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can
make you fall.
* Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your
car, abandon the car and move to higher ground, when water is not
moving or not more than a few inches deep. You and the vehicle
can be swept away quickly. If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly
moving water, stay in the vehicle. If the water is rising inside
the vehicle, seek Refuge on the roof.
* Do not disregard or drive around traffic barricades that close
off flooded roadways.
* Do not Camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers or creeks,
particularly during threatening conditions.

Understanding the different flood hazards and knowing the actions to
take before, during, and afterwards can help you protect your life,
the lives of your loved ones, and your property. Prepare now by
visiting www.Floodsafety.NOAA.Gov.

Be sure to take some time this week to learn more about severe
weather safety. Learning and practicing severe weather safety when
the weather is good will allow you to react more quickly when the
weather turns bad. You can learn more about severe weather safety
by visiting the North Carolina department of public safety
preparedness website at readync.Org. This web Page features an
abundance of information, and links to a free cell phone app, that
will help you plan and prepare for the severe weather season. Once
again, that's readync.Org.


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