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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 8:00 AM EDT on April 29, 2016

800 am EDT Fri April 29 2016

... Severe weather awareness week continues...

Today the focus is on flash flooding.

Flash flooding is a rapid rise... typically within six hours... of
water along a stream or in a low lying urban area. During the
Summer... the most common cause of flash flooding is downpours
associated with thunderstorms. However... flash floods can also
result from dam breaks and heavy rain from tropical storms. Flash
flooding is meant to imply the threat is urgent.

Eastern New York and western New England are particularly susceptible
to flash floods because of topography. Heavy rain falling on steep
terrain creates an ideal situation as water rapidly moves down Steep
Hill sides. Sometimes Steep Hill sides get so water logged that they
slip and mud slides or debris flows occur. Flash flooding presents a
threat to the urban motorist too. Underpasses can fill rapidly with
water. Driving into a flooded underpass can quickly put you in five
or six feet of water. In 2011... Tropical Storm Irene and the remnants
of Tropical Storm Lee brought widespread flash flooding to the region.

Flash flooding can be deadly. Never underestimate the power of
water. Half of all flash flood related deaths occur in automobiles.
Two feet of flowing water will cause most cars to float. Flooding
hazards are increased at night when visibility is reduced. The
National Weather Service urges you to respect all barriers that
warn of flooded roads. Turn around... dont drown.

Those with interests along rivers... creeks and streams should
remain alert for flash flooding. Campers are particularly at risk.
A normally placid stream can swell to a 10 foot deep raging river
in less than an hour if thunderstorm downpours inundate an area upstream.
Remember... six inches of flowing water is often enough to knock a person
off their feet. When outdoors... keep alert for... Muddy rapidly rising
streams... or a loud roaring sound upstream. If observed... head for
higher ground imediately.

NOAA Weather Radio offers one way to receive immediate relay of
flash flood warnings. Many local television and radio stations
also broadcast weather alerts. Computers and wireless devices can
also receive warnings. National Weather Service flash flood warnings
are relayed as wireless emergency alerts to newer phones by fema.

For more information on severe weather awareness week... go to our
web site www.Weather.Gov. Then click on eastern New York or
western New England. Finally... select our severe weather awareness
link.

Tomorrow we conclude severe weather awareness week with a look
back at the key points concerning severe weather.


Weather Severe Map
Alaska - Special Statement , Record Report
Arizona - Record Report
Arkansas - Severe Thunderstorm Warning , Flash Flood Warning , Flood Warning, Flash Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Flash Flood Watch , Special Statement
California - Wind Advisory , Record Report
Colorado - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Public Information Statement
Connecticut - Public Information Statement
Florida - Public Information Statement
Illinois - Flood Warning
Indiana - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Iowa - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Kansas - Flood Warning , Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Kentucky - Public Information Statement
Louisiana - Flood Warning , Coastal Flood Advisory , Lake Wind Advisory , Special Statement
Maine - Special Statement , Public Information Statement
Massachusetts - Public Information Statement
Michigan - Public Information Statement
Minnesota - Record Report , Public Information Statement
Mississippi - Flood Warning
Missouri - Flood Warning
Montana - Record Report
Nebraska - Flood Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Public Information Statement
Nevada - Record Report
New Hampshire - Public Information Statement
New Jersey - Public Information Statement
New Mexico - Wind Advisory , High Wind Warning , Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning , Fire Weather Warning, Fire Weather Watch , Fire Weather Warning
New York - Public Information Statement
Ohio - Public Information Statement
Oklahoma - Flood Warning, Flash Flood Warning , Flood Warning , Flood Watch, Flash Flood Watch , Flood Watch, Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch , Flash Flood Watch , Special Statement
Pennsylvania - Public Information Statement
Puerto Rico - Flash Flood Warning , Flood Watch, Areal Flood Advisory
Rhode Island - Public Information Statement
South Dakota - Flood Warning , Public Information Statement
Texas - Flood Warning , Coastal Flood Advisory , Flash Flood Watch , Coastal Flood Advisory, Coastal Hazard Statement , Wind Advisory , High Wind Warning , Lake Wind Advisory , Fire Weather Warning , Special Statement , Record Report
Utah - Winter Weather Advisory
Vermont - Public Information Statement
Wisconsin - Record Report , Public Information Statement
Wyoming - Winter Weather Advisory , Winter Storm Warning

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