The meaning behind Flash Flood Watch


STORMTEAM METEOROLOGIST JENNIFER ASHLEY: WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS IS UNDER A FLASH FLOOD “WATCH.” 22NEWS STORM TEAM METEOROLOGIST JENN PAGLIEI IS OUT IN THE RAIN TO TELL US HOW TO BE PREPARED FOR MINOR FLOODING. JENN: TOINIGHT’S FLOOD WATCH HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO WEDNESDAY MORNING, AND THE MAIN CONCERN WILL BE MINOR STREET FLOODING. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR FLASH FLOODING. A FLASH FLOOD WARNING MEANS FLASH FLOODING IS ALREADY OCCURING, LIKE WHEN BRIDGE UNDERPASSES FILL UP, LIKE THIS ONE IN CHICOPEE IN JULY. THE SLOWER A STORM MOVES THROUGH AN AREA, THE MORE RAIN YOU CAN GET OVER A SUSTAINED PERIOD OF TIME. LOW LYING AREAS IN STREETS UNDER BRIDGES ARE PRONE TO FLOODING, AS ARE STREETS WHERE THE STORM DRAINS GET CLOGGED WITH LEAVES. 6 INCHES OF FAST MOVING FLOOD WATERS CAN KNOCK OVER AN ADULT. 12 INCHES OF RUSHING WATER CAN CARRY A SMALL CAR AWAY. WHEN DRIVING, IT’S IMPORTANMT TO PAY ATTENTION WATER-COVERED STREETS. WHEN YOU HEAR A METEOROLOGIST SAY “TURN AROUND AND DONT DROWN,” IT MEANS WHEN YOU SEE A FLOODED STREET TURN AROUND AND DO NOT GO THROUGH IT, YOU DON’T KNOW HOW DEEP THE WATER REALLY IS YOU CAN PREVENT FLOODING AROUND YOUR HOME AS WELL. YOU CAN START BY CLEANING YOUR GUTTERS. WITH GUSTY WINDS IN THE FORECAST THE MORE LEAVES THAT COME DOWN, THE MORE LEAVES THAT CAN PILE UP IN THE GUTTERS. I WOULD INSPECT THE GUTTERS IF THERE IS ANY LEAF ACCUMULATION ESPECIALLY AROUND WHERE THE DOWN SPOT CONNECTS TO THE GUTTER TO MAKE SURE THATS UP SO THAT DOESNT BACK UP UNDER THE SOFFITS YOU CAN ALSO INSPECT THE STORM DRAINS NEAR YOUR HOME IN CASE FALLEN LEAVES ARE COVERING THEM. EVEN THOUGH WE NEED THE RAIN, ITS NOT ALWAYS GOOD TO GET IT ALL IN ONE SHOT. JENN: DON’T FORGET IF YOUR HEADED OUT YOU CAN TRACK THE WEATHER YOURSELF ON OUR FREE WWLP MOBLIE APP, JUST TYPE WWLP/WX IN YOUR APP STORE. METEOROLOGIST JENNIFER PAGLIEI

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