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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC
636 AM EDT Wed May 16 2018


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.

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 areas 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 policies.

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 visit

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

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