Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Tulsa, OK

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
600 AM CST FRI MAR 6 2015

ARZ001-002-010-011-019-020-029-OKZ049-053>076-061500-
ADAIR OK-BENTON AR-CARROLL AR-CHEROKEE OK-CHOCTAW OK-CRAIG OK-
CRAWFORD AR-CREEK OK-DELAWARE OK-FRANKLIN AR-HASKELL OK-LATIMER OK-
LE FLORE OK-MADISON AR-MAYES OK-MCINTOSH OK-MUSKOGEE OK-NOWATA OK-
OKFUSKEE OK-OKMULGEE OK-OSAGE OK-OTTAWA OK-PAWNEE OK-PITTSBURG OK-
PUSHMATAHA OK-ROGERS OK-SEBASTIAN AR-SEQUOYAH OK-TULSA OK-WAGONER OK-
WASHINGTON OK-WASHINGTON AR-
600 AM CST FRI MAR 6 2015

...TODAYS TOPIC FOR SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN OKLAHOMA
AND ARKANSAS IS FLASH FLOODS...

THIS WEEK...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY ARE HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING AND
PREPARING FOR SEVERE WEATHER BEFORE IT STRIKES. BEING PREPARED TO
ACT QUICKLY CAN BE A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH.

CITIZENS OF OKLAHOMA AND ARKANSAS ARE URGED TO USE THIS WEEK TO PLAN
AND PREPARE FOR THE UPCOMING SEVERE WEATHER SEASON. REVIEW SEVERE
WEATHER SAFETY RULES AND BETTER UNDERSTAND THE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED
WITH SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TULSA WILL ISSUE STATEMENTS
HIGHLIGHTING DIFFERENT TOPICS EACH DAY DURING THE WEEK...AND TODAYS
TOPIC IS FLASH FLOODS.

A FLASH FLOOD IS A RAPID RISE OF WATER ALONG A STREAM OR LOW LYING
URBAN AREA. SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS OR THUNDERSTORMS THAT MOVE
REPEATEDLY OVER THE SAME AREA OFTEN PRODUCE FLASH FLOODS. THESE
FLOODS CAN DEVELOP WITHIN MINUTES...DEPENDING ON THE INTENSITY AND
DURATION OF THE RAIN...TOPOGRAPHY...SOIL CONDITIONS...AND GROUND
COVER.

ON AVERAGE...FLOODING IS THE NUMBER ONE WEATHER RELATED KILLER
ACROSS THE COUNTRY EACH YEAR. MOST FLASH FLOOD FATALITIES OCCUR AT
NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO SEE AND ARE A RESULT OF VICTIMS DRIVING
THEIR VEHICLES INTO FLOOD WATERS.

FLASH FLOODS CAN ROLL BOULDERS...TEAR DOWN TREES...DESTROY
BUILDINGS...AND SCOUR OUT NEW CHANNELS. RAPIDLY RISING WATER CAN
REACH HEIGHTS OF 30 FEET OR MORE DEPENDING ON THE TERRAIN. WATER CAN
ERODE THE ROAD BED CREATING UNSAFE DRIVING CONDITIONS. UNDERPASSES
CAN FILL RAPIDLY WITH WATER...WHILE ADJACENT ROADWAYS ARE CLEAR.
FLOWING WATER THAT IS 2 FEET DEEP IS SUFFICIENT TO CARRY AWAY MOST
CARS AND TRUCKS...INCLUDING PICKUP TRUCKS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES.

DETERMINE YOUR RISK WHEN A FLASH FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED. IN URBAN
AREAS...STORM DRAINS CAN BECOME OVERWHELMED AND FLOOD ROADS AND
BUILDINGS. LOW SPOTS SUCH AS UNDERGROUND PARKING GARAGES AND
BASEMENTS CAN FLOOD QUICKLY. IN RURAL AREAS...PEOPLE WHO ENJOY
HUNTING...CAMPING...AND FISHING SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM STREAMS IF
THUNDERSTORMS HAVE OCCURRED.

HERE ARE SOME FLASH FLOOD SAFETY TIPS...PURCHASE A NOAA ALL HAZARDS
WEATHER RADIO SO YOU CAN MONITOR VITAL WEATHER INFORMATION. BE
ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE
DANGERS OF FLASH FLOODING. AVOID LOW SPOTS PRONE TO FLOODING. DO NOT
CAMP OR PARK YOUR VEHICLE ALONG STREAMS AND WASHES...PARTICULARLY
DURING THUNDERSTORMS. GO TO HIGHER GROUND WHEN FLOODING OCCURS IN
YOUR VICINITY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS FLOWING STREAMS WITH YOUR
VEHICLE: REMEMBER...TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN. IF YOUR VEHICLE IS
SUDDENLY CAUGHT IN RISING WATER...LEAVE IT IMMEDIATELY FOR HIGHER
GROUND.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT FLASH FLOODS...CONTACT YOUR LOCAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN TULSA OR VISIT WEATHER.GOV/TULSA.

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