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Hurricane Preparedness Awareness Week
May 23 - 29, 2010


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THIS WEEK HAS BEEN DECLARED NORTH CAROLINA'S HURRICANE AWARENESS
WEEK FOR 2010. ALL WEEK LONG THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL BE
ISSUING INFORMATIVE MESSAGES TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR HURRICANE
SEASON.

EACH DAY WE WILL COVER A DIFFERENT TOPIC. TODAY WE WILL TALK ABOUT
INLAND FLOODING.

INLAND FLOODING IS ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS AND DEADLY THREATS
HURRICANES BRING TO NORTH CAROLINA. MOST HURRICANE DEATHS OVER THE
PAST 30 YEARS HAVE BEEN THE RESULT OF INLAND FLOODING. DURING THIS
30 YEAR PERIOD MORE THAN HALF OF ALL U.S. TROPICAL CYCLONE DEATHS
HAVE OCCURRED FROM INLAND FRESHWATER FLOODING. THE MAJORITY OF
CHILDREN KILLED BY TROPICAL CYCLONES DROWN IN THESE FRESHWATER
FLOODS. ONE FOURTH OF ALL FLOODING DEATHS HAVE OCCURRED IN
AUTOMOBILES AS PEOPLE ATTEMPT TO DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED AREAS WHERE
WATER COVERS THE ROAD.

HURRICANE FLOYD WAS NO EXCEPTION. OF THE 56 PEOPLE WHO PERISHED
ALONG THE EAST COAST OF THE U.S. DURING AND AFTER HURRICANE
FLOYD...50 DROWNED DUE TO INLAND FLOODING.

A HURRICANE'S RAINFALL INTENSITY IS NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE
STRENGTH OF THE TROPICAL STORM OR HURRICANE. WEAK HURRICANES AND
EVEN TROPICAL STORMS HAVE CAUSED DISASTROUS FLOODS THROUGHOUT
HISTORY. WEAK TROPICAL STORM ALLISON DROPPED OVER 2 FEET OF RAIN
IN EAST TEXAS RESULTING IN 22 DEATHS AND MAJOR DAMAGE.

SAFETY...WHEN A HURRICANE OR TROPICAL STORM THREATENS...THINK
FLOODING. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO DETERMINE IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA
AT RISK FROM FLOODING DUE TO RAINFALL. IF YOUR YARD OR THE ROAD IN
FRONT OF OR NEAR YOUR HOME FLOODS DURING ORDINARY
THUNDERSTORMS...YOU ARE LIKELY AT SERIOUS RISK OF FLOODING FROM
TORRENTIAL HURRICANE RAINFALL. THOSE LIVING NEAR
CREEKS...STREAMS...AND DRAINAGE DITCHES SHOULD ALSO WATCH WATER
LEVELS CLOSELY.

ALWAYS KEEP ABREAST OF ROAD CONDITIONS AND BE SURE YOUR ESCAPE
ROUTE IS NOT BECOMING CUT OFF BY FLOOD WATERS. NEVER ATTEMPT TO
CROSS FLOWING WATER. AS LITTLE AS SIX INCHES OF WATER MAY CAUSE
YOU TO LOSE CONTROL OF YOUR VEHICLE.

NEVER ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY NEAR CREEKS...STREAM...OR DRAINAGE
DITCHES. AS RAIN WATER RUNS OFF CREEKS...STREAMS...AND DITCHES
FILL WITH RUNNING WATER THAT CAN EASILY SWEEP A CHILD AWAY.

LASTLY...HAVE AN EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN AND HAVE FLOOD INSURANCE.
FLOOD DAMAGE IS NOT USUALLY COVERED BY HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE. DO
NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS. CHECK YOUR POLICY.

For additional information, check out the National Hurricane Center's Hurricane Awareness Website

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