Making sense of flood warnings

MINNEAPOLIS - After hearing the different types of flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) over the past few days, they all start to sound the same. However, they have very different meanings.

According to the NWS, a Flood Warning is issued for a specific point along a larger stream if flooding is possible and presents a serious threat to life or property.

A Flash Flood Warning is much more serious and is issued if flooding is imminent.

In a Flash Flood Warning, water levels are expected to rapidly rise within six hours of being issued.

This type of warning requires immediate action in order to protect lives and property.

If the flooding is expected to occur more gradually along rivers, streams, and broad low-lying areas due to prolonged, persistent rainfall, an Areal Flood Warning is issued. This information is invaluable.

More deaths occur every year due to flooding than any other severe weather.

It only takes six inches of fast moving water to knock over an adult.

Water levels of 18-24 inches can carry away most vehicles including trucks and SUVs.

Next time you approach a flooded area, remember the saying: "Turn Around Don't Drown," and never underestimate the power of standing water!


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