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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
604 AM EDT Wed May 10 2017


All week long the National Weather Service will issue informative
messages to help you prepare for the hurricane season.  Today`s
topics include inland flooding and assembling disaster supplies.

Inland Flooding...
Inland flooding is the most deadly and serious threat hurricanes bring
to inland areas of North Carolina. One of the most devastating storms in
our state`s history, Hurricane Matthew last October, generated record
flooding across much of the coastal plain of North Carolina, claimed 28
lives, and left thousands homeless and entire towns under water. In
September 1999, similar inland flooding occurred with Hurricane Floyd,
which claimed 35 lives in North Carolina. Overall, most hurricane deaths
over the past 30 years have been the result of flooding, many of which
have occurred in automobiles as people attempt to drive through flooded
areas where water covers the road.

It is important to realize the amount of rain a tropical system produces
is not related to the intensity of the wind. Weak hurricanes and even
tropical storms have caused disastrous floods throughout history. For
example in 2006, the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto moved over
central North Carolina dropping 4 to 8 inches of rain from Sanford to
Raleigh. This resulted in major flooding along numerous creeks including
Swift Creek in Apex and Crabtree Creek in Raleigh.

So what can you do? Anytime a hurricane or tropical storm threatens,
think flooding. It is very important to determine if you live in an
area at risk of flooding. If your yard or nearby roads around your home
flood during ordinary thunderstorms, then you are at serious risk of
flooding from torrential tropical rainfall. Those living near creeks,
streams and drainage ditches should also closely watch water levels.
Remember, extreme rainfall events bring extreme flooding typically not
experienced in the past. During extreme events even those area which
normally do not flood are at risk.

Always stay aware of road conditions and make sure your escape route is
not becoming flooded by heavy rain. Never attempt to cross flowing
water; instead, remember to turn around, don`t drown. The reason that so
many people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the
incredible power of water. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water
can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to
carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs. Never allow
children to play near streams, creeks or drainage ditches. As rain water
runs off, streams, creeks, and ditches fill with running water that can
easily sweep a child away.

Finally, have an emergency action plan and know your homeowners and
flood insurance policies. Flood damage is not usually covered by
homeowners insurance. Do not make assumptions and remember to check your

Assemble disaster supplies...
You`re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for
the potentially lengthy and unpleasant aftermath. Have enough non-
perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a
minimum of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least
that long. You`ll need extra cash, a 30-day supply of medicines, a
battery-powered radio and flashlights. Many of us have cell phones, and
they all run on batteries. You`re going to need a portable, crank or
solar powered USB charger. Before the storm, be sure to fill up your car
or a gas can. If the power goes out, you will be unable to pump gas. To
learn more about what to include in your disaster supply kit, please

For more information about hurricane preparedness, please visit the
following web sites:

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