Flooding: Terms to know and actions to take

Looking at the 7-day forecast, there is the potential for rain for the rest of the week. Flooding and thunderstorms are possible

Resident living on Eagle Point in Newton Falls, Ohio are frustrated with continual flooding.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Looking at the 7-day forecast, there is the potential for rain for the rest of the week. Flooding and thunderstorms are possible.

Last year, floods were the number one weather related killer, with 176 flood related deaths. This far exceeds all the other elements. The second cause of weather related deaths are high winds, which caused  65 fatalities.

There are no major dangers at the moment in our area, but there a few terms to become familiar with when there is the potential for heavy rain.

According to the National Weather Service, there are four definitions in regards to flooding:

Flood Advisory: An advisory is issued when there is a threat of flooding, but it is not expected to be severe. Drivers are urged to use caution when driving in a storm and look for ponding on roadways.

Flood Watch: A watch is issued when current conditions in the area are favorable for a flooding event. This doesn’t mean that a specific area will see flooding, but the threat is nearby. A flood watch is most commonly associated with a strong storm.

Flood Warning: A flood warning means that there is the threat of flooding in your area that it is about to occur or is occurring at that particular moment. It is advised to stay off the roads as much as possible and keep an eye out for nearby creeks, rivers, and lakes in the case that they begin to overflow.

Flash Flood Warning: A flash flood warning is the most severe warning when it comes to flooding. This is similar to a flood warning but flash flooding can be far more dangerous. Flash flooding happens very quickly. It only takes a few minutes for a flash flood to develop and people are advised to seek higher ground in that area. Anyone near a body of water during a flash flood warning should head for higher ground.

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