Area under ‘flash flood watch’ through weekend

Thursday, September 6, 2018

After most of the state suffered from severe drought this summer, residents will now have to contend with heavy rain.

According to the National Weather Service forecast, the area is under a “flash flood watch” until 1 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 9.

According to Weather Underground, the Marshall area received 0.48 inches of precipitation between midnight and 8 a.m. Thursday. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, precipitation measured 0.87 inches.

The flash flood watch was issued because a frontal boundary that stalled over the region is expected to converge with remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon, according to NWS. Moderate to heavy rainfall is estimated to produce a total of 3-5 inches of precipitation on top of soils that are already saturated.

If you are in an area where flooding occurs, NWS says even 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock a person off of his feet and 2 feet of water can cause a vehicle to float.

A flash flood watch does not mean flooding will occur, but that conditions for flooding may develop. In the event of flooding, you should not drive through or walk near flooded areas. It’s estimated that flash floods cause more deaths each year than any other climate hazard, typically because people underestimate the power of fast-moving water, an article at www.directenergy.com says. The National Severe Storms Laboratory reports that floods kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning.

An NWS flood statement indicates a flood warning continues for the Missouri River at Waverly and Miami, affecting Carroll, Lafayette and Saline counties.

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