FLASH FLOOD WARNING!!! 10.28-29.2020
From Atlanta Up Through North GA
Flash Flooding is possible as Tropical Storm Zeta presents weather challenges to Georgia for in the days to come. Rainfall totals associated with Tropical Storm Zeta are expected to be 2" to 4" with higher amounts if Rainbands stay in one area over a long period of time.
As Rainbands may spawn tornadoes, Flash Floods are not the only possible danger to Georgia from Tropical Storm Zeta.
Photo courtesy of NOAA: D. Burgess
National Weather Service issued the warning for
"Portions of north central Georgia...northeast Georgia...
northwest Georgia and west central Georgia... including the following areas...
"In north central Georgia...
Newton...North Fulton...Pickens...Rockdale...South Fulton...Union and Walton.
"In northeast Georgia...
Banks...Clarke...Jackson...Oconee...Towns and White.
"In northwest Georgia...
Gordon...Haralson...Murray...Paulding...Polk...Walker and Whitfield.
"In west central Georgia...Coweta...Heard and Spalding."
IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING,
LOCATE SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY!
Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters.
Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
Just six inches of moving water can knock you down.
One foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
Depending on the type of flooding:
Evacuate if told to do so.
Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
Stay where you are.
Photo courtesy of shootthedevgru English Wikipedia
Wonder what to do before a flood?
- Make a plan for your household, including your pets.
- Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
- Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels.
- Keep important documents in a waterproof container.
Create password-protected digital copies so you will have a complete record.
- Build a “Go Kit” of the supplies you will need if you have to quickly evacuate your home.
- Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.
- Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio provide emergency alerts.
- If flash flooding is a risk in your location, monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
- Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
- If you live in a storm surge flooding zone or a mandatory hurricane evacuation zone, make plans to stay with family and friends.
- Don’t forget to include your pet in your emergency plan. Remember that some evacuation shelters do not accept pets.
- Gather supplies, including non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and water for several days. Set aside items like soap, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, disinfecting wipes and general household cleaning supplies that you can use to disinfect surfaces you touch regularly. After a flood, you may not have access to these supplies for days or weeks.
- Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Include extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
- Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Contact the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Courtesy of ready.gov