It is the time of year that we experience severe weather in the form of heavy rain, hail, high winds, and tornadoes, and the conditions can change very rapidly. With yesterday’s severe weather throughout the State, it is a reminder to stay informed and be prepared.
According to the National Weather Service,
“Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in cars swept downstream. Many of these drownings are preventable. Never drive around the barriers blocking a flooded road. The road may have collapsed under that water. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars and just 2 feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.”
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Information made available by https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood