Friday, October 2, 2015

Update on Southeast Rainfall

Here is the amount of rain that has fallen the last two days over the Carolinas and adjacent regions.

The region is mostly between rain systems right now. Here is the AccuWeather regional radar:
However, the upper level low pressure system, which will be the major rainmaker, is just starting to approach the area. The heaviest rains from now until 3am Saturday morning will be near the coast according to AccuWeather's computer model:

Here is the forecast for now until Monday evening:

This weather situation will cause catastrophic flooding parts of the Carolinas and serious flooding in more localized areas of Virginia and northeast Georgia. 

I urge you to monitor your AccuWeather forecast along with local storm warnings.

Here are flood preparation ideas:

If you live:
  • In a flood prone area or near a small stream
  • If you live in a 100 year flood plain
  • Or, if you live near a major river in the area where more than six inches are forecast
please think about the following preparations:
  • Plenty of extra cash.
  • A full tank of fuel for your vehicle.
  • Freshly refilled prescriptions.
  • Valuables gathered together so they can be quickly put into the trunk so you can leave quickly.
  • A place to go: A relative's home on high ground, a motel, a public shelter, etc. If you go to a hotel, have a reservation. You may wish to consider an "extended stay" type of hotel.
  • Be prepared to put valuable items you cannot take with you on top of tables, on the second floor, or in the attic to hopefully protect them from floodwaters. 
  • If you evacuate, turn off the gas, water and electricity.

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