Weather Blog: Beware the dangers of flooding

Weather Blog: Beware the dangers of flooding

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Sunday was a wet one for most of South Mississippi as heavy rain moved through the area. One county saw more rain than the rest, and that was Jackson County. We recorded more than nine inches of rain at the Navigator Credit Union in Pascagoula throughout Sunday afternoon and evening.

The heavy rain in portions of west Jackson County lead to flooding in areas of Pascagoula and Moss Point. The flooding left many people's cars trapped in water and water coming up and into some homes and businesses.

During heavy rainfall like what we saw yesterday, it is important to remember to use caution when under a flood watch or warning. Flooding kills more people every year than hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning or earthquakes.

First of all, it is important to know if you live in a flood prone area. Take note if you are in a low lying area or near a ditch, as these areas are more prone to flooding. This way, if you are in one of these areas, you know to take action when a flash flood warning, watch or advisory is issued for your area.

Another thing to keep in mind is that when there is a flood event occurring, never enter the water. There could be power lines, sharp objects or chemicals that have entered the water. The water is often moving faster than it appears, which also leads to my next point: Remember to never drive through flooded areas.

The National Weather Service has a slogan that goes "Turn Around, Don't Drown," and it is a great thing to keep in mind. It only takes six inches of moving water to knock someone off their feet and 12 inches of water can float a car and carry it away.

Of course, the two most important things you can do in any weather event is be prepared and stay informed when any kind of severe weather is imminent. Always take watches and warnings seriously, and practice severe weather safety whenever a threat is present.

For Monday, we are expecting more rain, but luckily it doesn't look to be as much as Sunday. Jackson County is under a flash flood watch until 7 p.m. Monday, and Hancock County is under a Coastal Flood Advisory until 7 p.m. Remember to use caution and stay informed if you are in these areas.

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