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Tropical Storm Julia Brings East Coast Rain

Tropical Storm Julia Brings East Coast Rain

In spite of weakening to a tropical storm, Julia is still contributing to a deluge of rain across North Carolina and Virginia this weekend. The storm is weak enough that it isn't bringing damaging winds, but it will bring "a steady stream of tropical moisture," according to AccuWeather meteorologist Kyle Brown. Because some parts of the Carolinas saw 2-4 inches of rain last week, the addition 1-2 inches across the states could result in some flooding.

In the event of flooding, remember the following:

Watch Vs. Warning
A flash flood watch means flooding is possible. Prepare to move to higher ground and listen to NOAA Weather Radio, a commercial radio or television (or your Halo+!) for up-to-date information.
A flash flood warning means that one is actually occurring. If this happens in your area, seek higher ground on foot—not in a vehicle, which can be swept away by a few inches of moving water—immediately.

Safety Tips
  • Flash floods can occur very quickly and, as such, can be very dangerous. If there’s any change of a flash flood in your area, it’s important to move immediately to higher ground, rather than waiting for instructions to mobilize.
  • If there is a flash flood in your area, don’t walk through moving water. As little as six inches of moving water can cause a fall. If you must walk in water, walk where it’s still and use a sturdy stick to check the firmness of the ground as you go.
  • During threatening conditions, do not camp or park your vehicle along streams, rivers, or creeks. If you arrive at a flooded road while driving, either turn around and drive the other way or get out of the car and quickly walk to higher ground.
  • Keep children out of and away from water.
  • If you have time to prepare before a flash flood occurs, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves and disconnect electrical appliances (do NOT touch electrical equipment when wet, or when standing in water). If time allows, bring in outdoor furniture and move any essential items to an upper level, if possible.

For more resources on flash flood preparedness, click the links below:
On Preparing – Red Cross
On Insurance – Flood Smart
Before, During, and After – Ready.gov

 

Fall Weather Safety 2016

Fall Weather Safety 2016

As summer ends and the weather cools, we're bringing you fall weather safety tips to help you make the most of the season and stay safe!

Get ready for fall weather with these safety tips:

Know Your Weather Forecast—Start your day by checking the weather forecast in your area. Rain, sleet, wind, or shine, looking up the forecast before you leave the house will let you know what to expect and, in the case of more severe weather, how to prepare.

Prepare for Hazards—Check out your emergency supply kit and add or update any necessary items. This is also a good time to go over your family communication plan. In some areas, fall means preparing for tropical storms and/or hurricanes; in others, it means bunking down for the first of many months of snowfall. Make sure your emergency supplies are prepped for the weather patterns common in your area, and that your family is prepared for the event of a disaster.

Share Your Weather Prep—Snap a photo of your emergency kit and share it...on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Talk to your neighbors about what to do if a fall storm strikes.  

For more fall weather safety, check out NOAA's safety pages.

Flooding in Louisiana

Flooding in Louisiana

Over 40,000 homes have been destroyed in the historic flooding southeastern Louisiana has experienced this month. On Sunday, President Obama declared a federal emergency in the state.

Over 20,000 people have been rescued during the flooding, with over 8,000 staying in shelters. Currently, 8 people have been reported dead, but Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said officials "won't know the death toll for sure for several more days."

Even the Governor was among the state's rescued; chest-high waters flooded the basement of the Governor's Mansion, and large swathes of Louisiana experienced over 30 inches of rain since last Friday. In Baton Rouge, drone videos have recorded boats cruising the streets around the submerged automobiles.

The flooding has shut down several interstates through Mississippi; over 1,500 motorists have been rescued from I-12 alone, and food and water have been air-dropped to the stranded vehicles while they wait to be removed.

Want to help?

The Red Cross has declared this flooding "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Superstorm Sandy." They've estimated the relief effort alone will cost over $30 million, and you can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or texting the word LAFLOODS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from these disasters.