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Flash Flood Watch In Effect

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect today, June 19, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for Anne Arundel County and surrounding jurisdictions. Widespread thunderstorms are expected to produce 1 to 2 inches of rain with localized amounts from 3 to 4 inches. There is a potential of large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes.
 

Flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. and just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 1 foot of water can sweep your vehicle away.Therefore, the Anne Arundel Office of Emergency Management is encouraging citizens to take precautions by:   

Prior to the Storm
  • Bring inside or secure objects that could blow away or cause damage
  • Postpone outdoor activities
  • Secure windows and outside doors
  • Unplug any electronic equipment

During the Storm

  • Stay inside and away from windows, door, and off porches
  • Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, faucets
  • Do not lie on concrete floors and do not lean against concrete walls
  • Stay away from objects that conduct electricity (barbed wire fences, power lines, windmills)
  • If outside; never lie flat on the ground, never shelter under a tree, immediately get away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water
  • If in an open area, seek shelter in a low area such as a ravine or valley, but be alert for flash floods
  • If on open water, get to land and find shelter immediately
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters, Turn Around Don’t Drown!®
     

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