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Flash Flooding: A Warning vs. A Watch

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flash Flooding: A Warning vs. A Watch The difference between watches and warnings could be the difference between being prepared and being at increased risk for storm damage.

We've definitely seen our fair share of summer storms so far this season, especially with Harvey closing out the season with the potential of 3 more to come. We have additionally had a good bit of flash flood warnings and watches. Since SERVPRO of Baltimore's Inner Harbor is one of the most reliable sources in the community for storm and water damage remediation, we figured it's only fair we provide you some flash flood facts. Knowing the difference between and warning and a watch could be the difference between being prepared and being at risk for flood damage.

Flood warnings:

When your local agencies (whether it be NWS or a local weather station) issue a flash flood/flood warning this means flooding is happening or will happen soon. When you see this warning, it means you should move to high ground or be prepared for flooding ASAP. Often times it is important to be aware of any announcements from local officials if the flooding is projected to be particularly severe.

Flood watches:

When local agencies issue a flash flood/flood watch, it means that flooding is possible. Upon the release of this watch, you should be sure to stay tuned to radio or TV for more information about the potential severity of the flood, should the watch be converted into a warning.

We know this can seem confusing, but if you're connected with us on Facebook or Twitter, we are sure to clarify what and when each watch/warning means, when we can. But be sure to connect with your local Emergency Management channels. We recommend MDMEMABaltimore OEMNWS BaltimoreMaryland OPR, and FEMA.

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