Flash flood warning issued for Garfield, Kane counties

Dots denote areas subject to flash flood warning at 4:05 p.m., Garfield, Kane counties, Utah, May 14, 2015 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge
Dots denote areas subject to flash flood warning at 4:05 p.m., Garfield, Kane counties, Utah, May 14, 2015 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service, St. George News | Click on image to enlarge

KANE COUNTY – The National Weather Service has issued a “Flash Flood Warning” for Eastern Kane County and Southwestern San Juan County, effective Thursday until 4 p.m., and for Central Garfield County and Northeastern Kane County, effective Thursday until 8:15 p.m.

At 2:19 p.m. MDT, Doppler Radar indicated a thunderstorm producing heavy rain over Eastern Kane County. Trained weather spotters have reported rainfall that will lead to flash flooding. Heavy rainfall, with radar estimates over 1 inch an hour, will continue over portions of Eastern Garfield County, as well as Southwestern San Juan and Eastern Kane Counties.

Flash flooding is imminent across dry washes and slot canyons, including Halls Creek and the Burr Trail within Capitol Reef National Park.

Precautionary preparedness actions

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

Remain alert for flooding even in locations not receiving rain. Dry washes, streams and rivers can become raging killer currents in a matter of minutes, even from distant rainfall.

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