Alabama Hurricane Awareness Week

...Inland Flooding... 



The goal of Hurricane Preparedness Week is to provide education about the hazards associated with a hurricane which will prepare you to take action as a hurricane approaches. This information may save

your life, at work, home, on the road, or on the water. Each day of hurricane preparedness week features a unique topic relevant to education and awareness. Hurricane season officially runs from June 1st until November 30th for the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.


Today we will focus on inland flooding. When it comes to hurricanes, wind speeds do not tell the whole story. Hurricanes produce storm surges, tornadoes, and often the most deadly of all, inland

flooding. In the 1970s through the 1990s, inland flooding was responsible for more than half of the deaths associated with tropical systems in the United States.


Inland flooding can be a major threat to communities hundreds of miles from the coast as intense rain falls from these immense tropical air masses. Some of the worst inland flooding may not come from inland moving hurricanes, but from weaker tropical systems that move slowly across the area.


Inland flooding can include both river and flash flooding. Flash flooding typically occurs within several hours of heavy rainfall, and is the most dangerous type of inland flooding. Flash flooding can

be especially dangerous at night, when rising waters cannot be easily seen. Be aware of streams, drainage channels, and areas known to flood.


When you hear of an approaching tropical storm or hurricane, think inland flooding.


Determine whether you live in a flood zone.


If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.


Keep abreast of road conditions.


Do not attempt to cross a flooded roadway. Remember this simple slogan...turn around, don`t drown.


Monitor NOAA weather radio for possible warnings.


For additional historical or preparedness information, you can visit these sites on the World Wide Web:


National Weather Service Birmingham, Alabama


National Weather Service Mobile, Alabama


National Hurricane Center

Additional info from NHC




NOAA Coastal Services Center - historical hurricane tracks is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.