There’s an alert in your area, and it’s probably not what you expected. It may be something you never thought possible: a severe rainfall alert. An extreme rainfall alert is issued when there is a high probability of excessive rainfall causing flooding and other hazards. This warning is typically issued for regions with heavy rainfall forecasts, such as the Mid-Atlantic United States. If you live in an area that could be affected by this alert, now is the time to prepare for the worst. Familiarize yourself with the warning signs and know where to go if caught in the rain. Stay safe—and stay dry!
What is a Rainfall Alert?
A rainfall alert is issued when the National Weather Service (NWS) predicts that a heavy rainstorm will fall in a specific location. This type of alert is typically issued for areas near the coast, where flooding is possible from an overflowing river or stream.
What to do if you are on a Rainfall Alert?
If you are in a Rainfall Alert area, please take the following precautions:
1. Secure items that water can damage, such as bicycles and lawn equipment.
2. Move any large objects from the floodplain to higher ground.
3. Avoid driving on flooded roads. If you must go, keep an eye out for barricades or other signs warning of a flooded road. If possible, avoid using your car if it is flooding outside; use public transportation instead.
4. If you are elderly or have disabilities, please seek shelter immediately if there is any indication that rain may fall soon.
5. Stay tuned to weather forecasts and updates from local authorities for further information on potential flooding and safety precautions to take during this time of extreme weather conditions.
When is the following Rainfall Alert?
The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Rainfall Alert for the area around you. It means there is a higher-than-average chance of severe rain events in your area. Take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your property from potential flooding. The following rainfall alert will be issued approximately 36 hours after this article is published.
Please take note if you live in an area expected to experience significant rainfall over the next few days. A severe rainfall alert has been issued for your site, and you must prepare accordingly. If you can stay indoors and avoid getting wet, this will be your best option. However, if outside activities are necessary, dress appropriately for the weather. Be aware of possible flooding in low-lying areas and stay off bridges and roads that may be inundated. We urge residents in affected areas to keep up with updates from their local authorities as they become available.