Breakdown: Flash flood watch vs warning

Flash flood watch versus warning

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Flooding is one of the deadliest naturally occurring disasters in the country. When flooding occurs, knowing the difference between a flash flood watch and a flash flood warning could mean the difference between life and death.

Lets examine the full difference between a flash flood watch and warning so you are better prepared in the event the water levels rise in your area.

Whenever we talk about flash flooding think of flooding happening in a flash or quickly. This means that water can rise fast and suddenly and usually due to heavy rains talking place.

So when a flash flood watch is issued, you need to be prepared to take action in an instant. Have a plan ready to go in case you have to leave.

Once heavy rains start to fall and waters start to accumulate on the ground, a flash flood warning might be issued this means that you need to take action, quickly execute your plan this is because flash flooding is occurring or very imminent.

When preparing, here are a few tips to keep in mind along with flood safety tips to help keep you safe.

  • Move to higher ground
  • DO NOT drive through a flooded road
  • 1 ft of water will float vehicles
  • 2 ft of rushing water can carry most vehicles including SUV’s 
  • Do not drive around a barricade

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