Flash Flood vs. Flood: How it’s defined and what you need to know
With hurricane season approaching, KPRC 2 Hurricane Headquarters is here to help Houstonians power through the storms by providing our audience with everything they need to know, starting with terminology.
Here’s what to know about floods and flash flooding:
Flooding caused by the rapid rise of water in rivers, creeks, other waterways, or urban/developed areas as a result of intense rainfall over a small area. Flash flooding usually happens within minutes to several hours after a heavy rainfall event.
Flash Flood Watch
An announcement issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.
Flash Flood Warning
A warning issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.
Overflowing of a stream or other body of water. Or, the accumulation of water over areas that are not normally submerged.
An announcement issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
A warning issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
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