Be Alert for Tornadoes and Floods
Posted 4:39 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for our area until 10 p.m. and a flash flood warning until 9 p.m. You need to be alert for both threats this evening.
The worst of the potential weather may hit during rush hour between 6 and 8 p.m.
Important Driving Tip:
- If driving and it’s raining, turn on your headlights so other drivers, pedestrians and bikers can see you. Slow down while driving, too.
Tornado Safety Tips:
- A watch means conditions are possible for tornadoes to develop.
- A warning means a tornado has been sighted; seek shelter immediately.
- Pay attention to our text/email alert system, media outlets and credible social media channels for any warnings.
- Determine in advance where you will take cover in case of a tornado warning.
- Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.
- If underground shelter is not available, go into a windowless interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
- If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.
- A vehicle does not provide good protection. A culvert or ditch can provide shelter if a substantial building is not nearby. Lie down flat and cover your head with your hands. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
- More tornado safety tips.
Flood Safety Tips:
- “Turn around, don’t drown.” Never drive through a flooded roadway as the depth and water current are unknowns and could be dangerous.
- Keep children inside and away from streams and creeks. The county has experienced loss of life in previous years because of rapidly rising water.
- More flood safety tips.
For Residents in Belle View/New Alexandria and Huntington Areas:
- Based on the latest forecast, if we receive two inches of rainfall within a one hour period the Huntington area could experience significant street flooding. Residents should move cars to higher elevations. Localized street flooding could be expected in the Belle View/New Alexandria areas. We do not anticipate any structural flooding at either the Huntington or Belle View/New Alexandria areas. We will continue to monitor the weather conditions. Residents should be subscribed to the Riverwatch list on CEAN.