Knowing the difference between flood watches and flood warnings

Published: May. 9, 2019 at 3:11 PM CDT
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In the month of May, we’ve had quite the rainy stretch of weather that might lead to more flooding. In this article, I'll be explaining what you need to know when understanding flood watches and warnings.

In flash flood watch and flood watch situations, these are issued when weather conditions could be favorable for flash flooding or flooding. This does not mean that flash flooding or flooding will occur. It's just a possibility. Remain weather aware in these types of situations that are issued by the National Weather Service and by watching KALB for the latest information.

In the flash flood warning and flood warning situations, these particular weather alerts are issued when the weather conditions show that flash flooding or flooding is either imminent or occurring. Once these type of weather alerts are put out, pay close attention to weather tips on KALB, especially on our social media pages. You may get alerted on your mobile device regarding these types of warnings. They would also be running on the television screen on the bottom of the screen and you may probably hear these on the radio as well.

Finally, let's look more into the difference between a watch and a warning. A watch regarding potential flooding is when you need to be prepared. Meanwhile, a warning is when you need to take action.

Moving forward in the next flooding situation, keep these differences between a watch and a warning handy in your mind.

Remember, "turn around, don’t drown" and adhere to any future watches or warnings that are put out in your parishes or counties when it comes to flooding. The KALB First Alert Storm Team will continue to monitor the potential for flooding. Stay safe and stay dry everyone.

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