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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC
0707 AM EDT WED MAY 27 2015

...THIS WEEK IS NATIONAL HURRICANE AWARENESS WEEK...

IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO PREPARE FOR THE 2015 HURRICANE SEASON. THE
ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS EACH YEAR ON JUNE 1ST AND ENDS
NOVEMBER 30TH. BEING PREPARED CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN YOUR
ABILITY TO COPE WHEN A STORM THREATENS.

TODAYS TOPIC IS INLAND OR FRESHWATER FLOODING.

THE GREATEST INTEREST IN HURRICANES IS USUALLY THE LOCATION OF THE
APPROACHING EYE...THE STRENGTH OF THE WIND...AND THE EVACUATION OF
THE COAST. HOWEVER...MOST DEATHS ATTRIBUTED TO HURRICANES ARE DUE TO
FRESH WATER FLOODING FROM RAIN WELL AWAY FROM THE COAST...OFTEN
AFTER THE WINDS HAVE WEAKENED. FROM 1970 TO 1999...59 PERCENT OF ALL
TROPICAL CYCLONE FATALITIES WERE CAUSED BY INLAND FLOODING. 63 PERCENT
OF THESE FATALITIES OCCURRED IN INLAND COUNTIES.

ONE INCH OF RAIN IS ABOUT 28 THOUSAND GALLONS OF WATER PER ACRE...OR
ABOUT 17 MILLION GALLONS PER SQUARE MILE.

WIDESPREAD TORRENTIAL RAINS OFTEN IN EXCESS OF SIX INCHES CAN
PRODUCE DEADLY AND DESTRUCTIVE FLOODS. HURRICANES DENNIS AND FLOYD
DROPPED A TOTAL OF AROUND 20 INCHES OF RAIN IN TWO WEEKS...CAUSING
CATASTROPHIC FLOODING IN EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA AND NORTHEASTERN
SOUTH CAROLINA. MORE THAN 2 MILLION POULTRY...2 HUNDRED THOUSAND HOGS
...AND 50 PEOPLE DIED IN THE FLOODING.

HOWEVER...ALMOST ALL OF THE HUMAN DEATHS WERE THE RESULT OF
MOTORISTS TAKING RISKS...DRIVING INTO WATER OF UNKNOWN DEPTH. AS
LITTLE AS 6 INCHES OF FLOWING WATER CAN FLOAT A VEHICLE...CAUSING
MOTORISTS TO LOSE CONTROL. JUST LIKE USING SEAT BELTS...SAFE DRIVING
MEANS RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR WHICH CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE...ESPECIALLY
DURING DANGEROUS WEATHER.

BEFORE THE START OF HURRICANE SEASON DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT YOU
LIVE IN A POTENTIAL FLOOD ZONE. FIND OUT IF YOUR HOME OWNERS
INSURANCE POLICY COVERS FLOODING OR IF YOU NEED TO PURCHASE
SUPPLEMENTAL FLOOD INSURANCE. IT IS WISE TO DEVELOP A FLOOD
EMERGENCY PLAN...INCLUDING WHICH ROADS WILL BE SAFE TO USE DURING A
FLOOD.

TO MONITOR RIVER LEVELS...VISIT OUR WEB SITE: WEATHER.GOV/ILM/HYDRO.

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