Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Portland, ME

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000 NOUS41 KGYX 171104 PNSGYX MEZ007>009-012>014-018>022-023>028-NHZ001>010-013-014-181200 PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME 704 AM EST TUE MAR 17 2015 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF MARCH 17TH THROUGH 21ST, FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK IN MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE, AS WELL AS THE REMAINDER OF THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN GRAY FOR FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK. ...FLOOD WATCHES AND WARNINGS... TO ALERT THE PUBLIC TO POTENTIALLY THREATENING FLOOD CONDITIONS, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES FLOOD WATCHES AND WARNINGS. GENERALLY, A FLOOD WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN FLOODING IS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE NEXT 36 HOURS. A FLOOD WARNING INDICATES THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR ALREADY OCCURRING. THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOOD WARNINGS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE. HERE ARE SOME DEFINITIONS. FLOOD WARNINGS FOR MAJOR RIVERS - THESE WARNINGS ARE ISSUED SPECIFICALLY FOR MAJOR RIVERS AND INCLUDE FORECASTS OF WATER LEVELS AND/OR FLOWS AT CERTAIN POINTS ALONG THE RIVER. FLOOD WARNINGS FOR SMALL RIVERS AND STREAMS - THESE WARNINGS ARE ISSUED BY COUNTY FOR THE SMALLER RIVERS AND STREAMS. FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS - THESE WARNINGS ARE ISSUED FOR RIVERS AND STREAMS IN A SPECIFIC AREA WHEN RAPID RISES ARE EXPECTED TO CAUSE FLOODING AND IMMEDIATE ACTION MAY BE NEEDED TO SAVE LIVES OR PROTECT PROPERTY. FLOOD ADVISORIES - THESE ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED FOR URBAN AREAS OR FOR SMALL STREAMS WHEN THE NORMAL DRAINAGE IS UNABLE TO HANDLE THE VOLUME OF RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAIN AND/OR SNOWMELT. ICE OR SNOW MAY CONTRIBUTE TO THE FLOODING BY BLOCKING DRAINAGE MECHANISMS. IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD-PRONE AREA, BE SURE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS FOR ANY WATCHES OR WARNINGS. ALWAYS REPORT ANY FLOODING TO THE APPROPRIATE LOCAL OFFICIALS AND ALWAYS OBEY ALL BARRICADES AND LOCAL DETOURS. AND NEVER, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, DRIVE INTO A FLOODED ROADWAY! $$ JENSENIUS/HAWLEY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY, MAINE NNNN

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