Flash Flooding Possible on Tuesday, Wednesday
The National Weather Service has issued the following alert.
Experts are warning that areas along the East Coast could see flash flooding Tuesday and Wednesday as the remnants of what was Hurricane Isaac send bouts of heavy rain our way.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the Baltimore/Washington region, including Howard County.
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Heavy rainfall could result in localized flash flooding this afternoon and evening. The risk for heavy rainfall and localized flash flooding will continue into Wednesday, according to the NWS website.
Tropical moisture associated with the remnants of Isaac interacting with a frontal system will bring a flash flooding threat to the East Coast on Tuesday. Showers and thunderstorms will be capable of producing heavy rainfall that could lead to incidents of flash flooding, according to the NWS.
In its annual "Turn Around, Don't Drown" campaign, the NWS works to educate citizens on the dangers of driving during flash floods.
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather-related hazard, the NWS reports. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. The NWS recommends the following safety tips:
- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.