Hurricane Preparedness Day 4

Written by on May 16, 2018 in Tropics

800 AM EDT WED MAY 16 2018


All week long the National Weather Service will issue informative messages to help you prepare for the hurricane
season. Today’s topics include inland flooding and assembling disaster supplies.

Inland Flooding

Inland flooding is the most deadly and serious threat hurricanes bring to inland areas of North Carolina. One of
the most devastating storms in our state’s history, Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, generated record
flooding across much of the coastal plain of North Carolina, claimed 28 lives, and left thousands homeless and
entire towns under water. In September 1999, similar inland flooding occurred with Hurricane Floyd, which
claimed 35 lives in North Carolina. Overall, most hurricane deaths over the past 30 years have been the result of
flooding, many of which have occurred in automobiles as people attempt to drive through flooded areas where
water covers the road.

It is important to realize the amount of rain a tropical system produces is not related to the intensity of the wind.
Weak hurricanes and even tropical storms have caused disastrous floods throughout history. For example in 2006,
the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto moved over central North Carolina dropping 4 to 8 inches of rain from
Sanford to Raleigh, resulting in major flooding along numerous creeks.

So what can you do? Anytime a hurricane or tropical storm threatens, think flooding. It is very important to
determine if you live in an area at risk of flooding. If your yard or nearby roads around your home flood during
ordinary thunderstorms, then you are at serious risk of flooding from torrential tropical rainfall. Those living near
creeks, streams and drainage ditches should also closely watch water levels. Remember, extreme rainfall events
bring extreme flooding typically not experienced in the past. During extreme events even those area which
normally do not flood are at risk.

Always stay aware of road conditions and make sure your escape route is not becoming flooded by heavy rain.
Never attempt to cross flowing water; instead, remember to turn around, don’t drown. The reason that so many
people drown during flooding is because few of them realize the incredible power of water. A mere six inches of
fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most
vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs. Never allow children to play near streams, creeks or drainage ditches.
As rain water runs off, streams, creeks, and ditches fill with running water that can easily sweep a child away.

Finally, have an emergency action plan and know your homeowners and flood insurance policies. Flood damage is
not usually covered by homeowners insurance. Do not make assumptions and remember to check your policies.

Assemble disaster supplies

You’re going to need supplies not just to get through the storm but for the potentially lengthy and unpleasant
aftermath. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family a minimum
of one week. Electricity and water could be out for at least that long. You’ll need extra cash, a 30-day supply of
medicines, a battery-powered radio and flashlights. Many of us have cell phones, and they all run on batteries.
You’re going to need a portable, crank or solar powered USB charger. Before the storm, be sure to fill up your car
or a gas can. If the power goes out, you will be unable to pump gas. To learn more about what to include in your
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