Threat of Flash Flooding Increasing Along with Severe Storm Potential

By Jim Stefkovich, Meteorologist, Alabama Emergency Management Agency

CLANTON – 545 pm April 14, 2018

The threat of severe storms has ended for a large area of the state, except for the shaded region in the graphic above. This is mainly near and south of Hwy 80 – I85. Storm intensification could occur this evening into the overnight hours. The graphic also indicates the approximate timeframe of when the leading edge of the line of storms moves through the state.

Continue to be prepared and take quick action if a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued.

What is of growing concern is rainfall totals west of I65 and south of I20 of 4-6 inches, with some areas potentially receiving up to 10 inches by sunrise Sunday. This could produce dangerous flash flooding later this evening.

Make sure you don’t drive into flooded roads. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN! It only takes around 18 inches of water for most vehicles to be lifted from the pavement, and if the water is moving you could be swept away. Plus, it is extremely difficult to know the depth of the water on roadways during the night.


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