Flash flooding is threatening residents through Thursday on both sides of the country, especially in the Southwest, Central Plains and Mid-Atlantic states. The American Red Cross urges people to be aware of the flooding threat and offers steps they can take to remain safe.
In New Mexico, Arizona and parts of Texas, heavy thunderstorms could drop several inches of rain, leading to flooding. A storm front is also expected to drop heavy rain from the Mid-Atlantic region westward to the Plains and Tennessee Valley. Parts of New England could also see strong storms and flash floods.
Flash floods occur very suddenly as waters rise rapidly along streams or in low-lying areas. A flash flood watch means flooding is possible in the area. A flash flood warning means flooding is already happening or will occur soon.
If someone’s neighborhood is under a flash flood watch, they should prepare now in case they are ordered to leave the area. They should pack the following items:
If a flood warning is issued for someone’s community, they should head for higher ground and stay there. Other safety steps include: