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.
- 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.