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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
400 PM EST Fri Mar 10 2017

...SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN NORTH CAROLINA IS MARCH
5TH THROUGH 11TH, 2017...

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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