The 9 First Warning Weather Team has issued a 9 First Warning Weather Alert Day for today due to the threat of flash flooding.
The Tri-State area will have a “moderate risk” for flooding. Excessive rainfall could bring 1 to 3 inches of rain, and some areas could get pockets of up to 4 inches. The Flash Flood Watch began at 2 a.m. Friday and ends 2 a.m. Saturday.
Flash flooding often occurs within three hours of rainfall; it usually happens so quickly people are unprepared. Flash flooding can be extremely dangerous and even deadly, especially if drivers encounter high water on roads. It only takes 18 to 24 inches of water to make cars, trucks and SUV's float.
Today could also bring an isolated severe storm. Currently, there is a small risk of a tornado south of the Greater Cincinnati area. The Tri-State could be upgraded to a “slight risk."
Small risks of tornadoes are common with post-tropical storms, and we'll let you know if our threat increases as we continue to monitor the latest weather information.
If flash flooding occurs in your area, remember these tips:
- Never drive on a flooded roadway
- Never drive through flowing water
- Do not drive around a barricade
- Do not walk, swim or play in flood water