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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
704 AM EST TUE MAR 17 2015


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS DECLARED THE WEEK OF MARCH 
17TH THROUGH 21ST, FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK IN MAINE AND NEW 
HAMPSHIRE, AS WELL AS THE REMAINDER OF THE UNITED STATES. 
THIS IS THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF FIVE PUBLIC INFORMATION 
STATEMENTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE IN 
GRAY FOR FLOOD AWARENESS WEEK.

...FLOOD WATCHES AND WARNINGS...

TO ALERT THE PUBLIC TO POTENTIALLY THREATENING FLOOD 
CONDITIONS, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUES FLOOD 
WATCHES AND WARNINGS.  GENERALLY, A FLOOD WATCH IS ISSUED 
WHEN FLOODING IS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE NEXT 36 HOURS.  A FLOOD 
WARNING INDICATES THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR ALREADY 
OCCURRING.

THERE ARE SEVERAL DIFFERENT TYPES OF FLOOD WARNINGS ISSUED 
BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.  HERE ARE SOME DEFINITIONS.  

FLOOD WARNINGS FOR MAJOR RIVERS - THESE WARNINGS ARE ISSUED 
SPECIFICALLY FOR MAJOR RIVERS AND INCLUDE FORECASTS OF WATER 
LEVELS AND/OR FLOWS AT CERTAIN POINTS ALONG THE RIVER.

FLOOD WARNINGS FOR SMALL RIVERS AND STREAMS - THESE WARNINGS 
ARE ISSUED BY COUNTY FOR THE SMALLER RIVERS AND STREAMS.

FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS - THESE WARNINGS ARE ISSUED FOR RIVERS 
AND STREAMS IN A SPECIFIC AREA WHEN RAPID RISES ARE EXPECTED 
TO CAUSE FLOODING AND IMMEDIATE ACTION MAY BE NEEDED TO SAVE 
LIVES OR PROTECT PROPERTY.

FLOOD ADVISORIES - THESE ADVISORIES ARE ISSUED FOR URBAN 
AREAS OR FOR SMALL STREAMS WHEN THE NORMAL DRAINAGE IS 
UNABLE TO HANDLE THE VOLUME OF RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAIN AND/OR 
SNOWMELT.  ICE OR SNOW MAY CONTRIBUTE TO THE FLOODING BY 
BLOCKING DRAINAGE MECHANISMS.

IF YOU LIVE IN A FLOOD-PRONE AREA, BE SURE TO MONITOR THE 
LATEST FORECASTS FOR ANY WATCHES OR WARNINGS.  ALWAYS REPORT 
ANY FLOODING TO THE APPROPRIATE LOCAL OFFICIALS AND ALWAYS 
OBEY ALL BARRICADES AND LOCAL DETOURS.   AND NEVER, UNDER 
ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, DRIVE INTO A FLOODED ROADWAY!  

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JENSENIUS/HAWLEY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
GRAY, MAINE

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