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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Flood Watch Issued for Prince George's County

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a FLOOD WATCH for Prince George's County.  The warning goes into effect at 1:00 pm today and lasts through late tonight.  A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

FLOOD WATCH INFORMATION FROM THE NWS


Alert:
...FLOOD WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH 
LATE TONIGHT... 
 
THE FLOOD WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR 
 
* THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA...AND PORTIONS OF MARYLAND AND NORTHERN 
VIRGINIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING...ANNE ARUNDEL... 
HARFORD...HOWARD...MONTGOMERY...NORTHERN BALTIMORE...SOUTHERN 
BALTIMORE AND PRINCE GEORGES COUNTIES IN MARYLAND...ARLINGTON... 
FAIRFAX AND PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTIES IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA. 
 
* FROM 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT. 
 
* PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL WILL OCCUR THROUGH THIS 
EVENING. RAINFALL OF 1 TO 2 INCHES IS EXPECTED WITH LOCALLY 
HIGHER AMOUNTS...WHICH WILL BE SUFFICIENT TO CAUSE CREEKS AND 
STREAMS TO FLOOD. STREET FLOODING ALSO WILL BE POSSIBLE IN URBAN 
AREAS.
Instructions:A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.


Stay Informed, Stay Ready, Stay Safe.

Flood Safety Tips... • Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift-moving floodwater. If you must walk in a flooded area, walk where the water is not moving. Remember, 2 feet of water will float your vehicle and 6 inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet. • If you come upon floodwaters, STOP, TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY!! • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. • If your car stalls, leave it and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely. • Stay informed about the storm and possible flooding by listening to your NOAA weather radio, commercial radio or television.

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