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Public Information Statement

Statement as of 6:37 AM EDT on May 27, 2015


... Public information statement...

This week is hurricane preparedness week for 2015.

All week long the National Weather Service will issue informative
messages to help you prepare for the hurricane season. Each day we
will cover a different topic. Today we will talk about inland
flooding.

Inland flooding is the most deadly and serious threat hurricanes
bring to inland areas of North Carolina. The most devastating storm
in our states history... hurricane Floyd... generated record
flooding across much of eastern North Carolina claiming 56
lives... leaving thousands homeless and entire towns under water.
Most hurricane deaths over the past 30 years have been the result
of flooding. During the past 30 years nearly 60 percent of all
U.S. Tropical cyclone deaths have occurred from inland freshwater
flooding. Nearly 78 percent of all children killed by tropical
cyclones drown in these floods. Around 80 percent of all flooding
deaths have occurred in automobiles as people attempt to drive
through flooded areas where water covers the Road. The NWS safety
Campaign... turn around - dont drown... is aimed at educating
everyone about the dangers of driving into flood waters.

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. This resulted in
major flooding along numerous creeks including Swift Creek in apex
and Crabtree creek in Raleigh. In 2010 the remnants of Tropical
Storm Nicole interacting with other weather systems dropped over
10 to 20 inches of rain over eastern North Carolina. The result
was flooding which rivaled that following hurricane Floyd. In a
number of towns from Wilmington to Windsor and Ahoskie experienced
the worst flooding since hurricane Floyd and in some cases the
flooding was much worse.

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 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.

For more information about hurricane preparedness... please visit the
following web sites:
http://www.NHC.NOAA.Gov/prepare
http://www.Readync.Org


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