Knowing the difference between flood alerts and advisories

Created: 07/19/2014 8:10 PM
By: Eddie Garcia, KOB Pinpoint 4 Weather

When these storms hit all the flood alerts and advisories can be confusing. KOB Pinpoint 4 Weather’s Eddie Garcia ranks them, as far as danger so you can understand when to really seek higher ground.

We want to make it clear exactly what we mean when we say: flood advisory, flood watch and flash flood warning because there are big differences.

Flood Advisory - means thunderstorms in the area have dumped a lot of rain, the risks here are flooding in low lying areas, small streams, ditches and arroyos.

Flood Watch- means all the ingredients are there for quick flash flooding which do affect flood prone areas, rivers and streams - even could threaten dams.

Flash Flood Warning is the most severe of the three and means there has been excessive rain which is now threatening to fill ditches and arroyos, flood city streets -- and could break a dam.

The smart thing to do under any of these warnings is avoid flooded areas and always.  Always stay out of the arroyos.

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