Monday, October 8, 2018

Great Plains Flash Flood Update: Conditions Worsening

Remember, "Turn Around, Don't Drown"
76% of U.S. flash flood fatalities are in cars. 

With everything else going on, I have been covering the flash flood situation in the Great Plains on Twitter ( @usweatherexpert ) the last two days. So, I want to bring you up to date on the blog this morning.

Here is a map of how much rain has fallen since the middle of last week to 7am. Amounts of more than
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eight inches have fallen both north and south of Kansas City (darker red shade).

Forecasts
There is a dangerous flash flood situation developing the next 24 hours (to 7am Wednesday).
"High Risks" are very serious: 80% of U.S. flash flood deaths occur in high risks. In Texas, Del Rio is included. In Oklahoma: Enid, Clinton and Altus. In Kansas: Great Bend, Pratt and Medicine Lodge, plus the Gyp Hills. In addition, the Neosho River in Kansas is rising very rapidly and is already above flood stage in some areas. 

Additional rainfall for the rest of the week
So, flooding will continue to be a problem through the end of the week.

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