Understanding Flood Advisories

WSAZ Meteorologist Josh Fitzpatrick clears up some confusion over the three different types of flood advisories.

The weather this December has been very active. You may recall we received our first widespread snowfall of the season during the first week. Then, as milder air moved in a couple weeks ago, we had to deal with some flooding.

“Last time you spoke about winter weather advisories. Can you tell us again what the flood advisories mean?” John of Gallipolis, Ohio asked.

There are basically three kinds of advisories the National Weather Service issues when dealing with flooding.

The first one is a “flood watch.” A flood watch is issued when there's the potential for flooding. If you live near a creek or stream you should monitor water levels and stay informed of the latest forecast from our First Warning Weather Team.

A “flood warning” is issued when flooding is occurring or is about to occur. If you live in an area where water is rising, seek higher ground and never ever drive through high water. It only takes about twelve inches of fast moving water to float your car away.

Finally, an “urban and small stream advisory” means flooding is likely in poor drainage areas.

One final note is that more people in the country are killed in flood waters than in hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Remember your weather is always on our web channel wsaz.com.

If you have a weather related question for Josh, simply shoot him an email to josh.fitzpatrick@wsaz.com and if you're lucky, Josh will read and answer your question on First at Five.


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