The Atlantic Hurricane Season runs annually from June ;1st to November 30th. During this time, Floridians must be prepared for floods caused by heavy rains, hurricanes, tornadoes, storm surges and other natural disasters. It is critical to create a comprehensive emergency plan, preparedness kit, and safe shelter to keep you and your family safe if disaster strikes.
Discover the differences between flood advisories, watches and warnings below.
A flood advisory is issued when a flooding event is not expected to be severe enough to warrant a warning. While a flood advisory is considered the lowest level of flooding weather alert, the flood still has the potential to cause property damage for those not adequately prepared.
Types of Flood Advisories
- Areal Flood Advisory: Issued for flooding resulting from moderate to heavy gradual rainfall.
- Coastal Flood Advisory: Issued for imminent flooding along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, or Gulf of Mexico.
- Flash Flood Advisory: Issued during heavy rains when a sudden flood is expected. Flash floods cause more fatalities yearly than other climate hazards.
- River Flood Advisory: Issued when river levels reach dangerous heights due to heavy rain.
When flood advisories are issued, stay updated on flood status by tuning in to a local news source. Prepare supplies and family members in the event of an evacuation.
What is a Flood Watch?
- A flood watch is issued when there is a possibility of flooding.
- More serious than an advisory but less severe than a warning.
- As with a flood advisory, stay tuned to local news sources when a flood watch is issued, as it may turn into a warning and necessitate moving to a higher area.
- Ensure emergency plans and supplies are prepared to quickly evacuate.
- Avoid the risk of not being able to respond quickly and worry by preparing ahead.
What is a Flood Warning?
- A flood warning is issued for occurring or imminent flooding.
- A flood warning may be elevated to a flash flood warning depending on factors including rain intensity and the likelihood of greater damage.
- If conditions are worsening and a flash flood is likely, it is time to consider evacuation, especially when a property is situated in a flood-prone area.
- Discover higher ground where you can safely evacuate if necessary.
- Do not underestimate the power of fast-moving water. Do not walk or drive in heavily flooded areas, as the current may be strong enough to knock you over or carry away your vehicle.
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