Flood warnings part 1
Floods are the most common natural disasters in the United States and also the most dangerous. To help you know when to expect flooding, the National Weather Service or your local weather service issues flood watches, warnings, and advisories. But what are the differences between them?
Flood advisory: A flood advisory is the mildest level of a flood notification. It means that a flood may be possible due to a problematic weather event, but the flooding is expected to be less severe if it occurs. Even so, it’s best to monitor weather alerts to know if the flooding risk will turn into something more serious. If you don’t exercise any form of caution, you may put your life or property in danger.
Flood watch: A flood watch is issued before a flood warning and indicates that flooding in your area is possible within the next 24 to 48 hours. While a flood watch does not mean flooding will likely occur, the conditions are favorable for a flood. You should prepare for a flood even though the chance of a flood is not guaranteed. Be ready to move to higher ground immediately after the notice. Monitor alert notifications and get the latest updates on the weather via your local radio, NOAA Weather Radio or TV stations. A flood watch could quickly turn into a flood warning.