By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the southern third of the state at 8:45 a.m. Thursday, June 19. Heavy rainfall is expected until 6:30 p.m. this evening. Counties affected include Hennepin County and others in east and central Minnesota.
This cell is expected to move to the north and east.
The south and central portions of the state could experience anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of heavy rain throughout the day. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams. Low-lying farmlands, highways and underpasses are also at risk.
Furthermore, the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for the Twin Cities area on June 19.
The news release reads, “Thunderstorms with bouts of heavy rainfall will plague the area today leading to the potential for flash flooding across central and south central Minnesota…”
The release also warns of large hail and damaging wind gusts. Additional stronger thunderstorms are possible this afternoon and evening which will lead to a continued threat for flash flooding.
What is a flash flood warning?
A flash flood warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring in the warned are. A flash flood is a sudden, violent flood after a heavy rain. Flash floods can develop within hours or minutes of heavy rain. Be aware of flood hazards. Floods can roll boulders, tear down trees, destroy buildings, bridges, power lines and a multitude of other structures.
What to do when a warning is issued?
Stay near a television or radio to get updates on current conditions. Prepare a family emergency kit including food, water, medications, tools, batteries, flashlights, clothes, personal hygiene items, blankets, sleeping bags and pillows. Contact family members and let them know of your plans and make sure they have an emergency plan in place as well. Keep children and pets indoors. Make sure to have cash and keep your gas tank full in case an evacuation is issued. Make sure you have a battery-powered radio nearby (with extra batteries).
What to do if an evacuation is issued?
If an evacuation is issued in your area, evacuate to higher ground immediately. Turn off all utilities in the home including water and electric. Lock the windows and doors of the home before leaving. Tune into a news station of the car radio and pack the emergency kit and blankets. Plan a route to get to higher ground. Be sure to follow recommended evacuation routes and remember favorite shortcuts may already be blocked by flooded waters.
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