Hurricane Odile is wreaking havoc in the southwestern U.S. states and bringing would could be severe flash floods with it.
USA Today has labeled the impending floods as potentially “catastrophic.”
The amount of rain predicted “could result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides” in portions of the Desert Southwest, the National Hurricane Center warned.
… These predicted rainfall amounts — such as 9 inches near Tucson — are more than two-thirds of the amount of rain typically received in an entire year, according to AccuWeather meteorologist Mike Smith.
How dangerous can flash floods get? Check out the above video that took place earlier in September in Nevada.
According to ABC News, FEMA offers the following tips on what to do during a flash flood:
What to Do When Facing a Flash Flood
– Be very aware of your car’s limitations. If you drive in water that’s six inches deep or more, your car could stall or you could lose control of it. One foot of water is enough to float most cars, and two feet of rushing water can indeed carry away cars, SUVs and pick-ups.
– Do not panic if your car becomes submerged by flood waters. Release your seat belt, roll down your window and get out of the car. If your windows won’t open, let the car fill with water. Once that happens, you will be able to open the doors. Get out of the car immediately and swim to the surface. Do not stay in the car until it sinks.
– If you are swept away in fast-moving water, try to make sure your feet are pointed downstream.
– If you are swept away, make every effort to direct your body over obstacles rather than under them.
– If you are on foot, be aware that you can be knocked down by just six inches of moving water. If you come upon moving water, do not walk into it.
– If you can, try to avoid contact with any flood waters. The water may be contaminated with raw sewage, oil or gasoline, and may also be charged with electricity from down power lines.
– Be especially vigilant at night, when it’s harder to recognize potentially deadly road hazards.
– Do not camp or park your car along rivers or washes, especially during heavy rains or thunderstorms.
– Stay informed. Tune in to your local radio station during bad weather.
– If a flash flood is issued for your area, get to higher ground immediately. You may only have a few seconds before the danger is unavoidable.
In preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Odile, the National Weather Service has...
by Andrew Berry / Sep 16, 2014