Floods are the most common and widespread of all natural disasters and can occur nearly anywhere in the United States. Flooding along rivers is a natural and inevitable part of life. Knowing the warnings and what they mean could save your life.
A flood potential outlook is issued when forecast meteorological conditions indicate significantly heavy precipitation may occur. The flood potential outlook is generally issued 36 hours or more before the potential event. A flood watch is issued when meteorological conditions raise the threat of flooding, but occurrence is neither certain nor imminent. A "flood watch" is generally issued 12 to 36 hours before the potential event. A flood warning is issued when flooding is expected within 12 hours or is in progress.
IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY