Flash Flood Watch for Southern Utah; STGnews Videocast of Washington City urban flooding

Dots denote areas subject to Flash Flood Watch, radar time 2:44 p.m. Southern Utah, July 27, 2013 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service

SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service has issued a  ”Flash Flood Watch” for the following areas today: San Rafael Swell, southwest Utah, Utah’s Dixie and Zion National Park,south central Utah, Glen Canyon Recreation Areaa, Lake Powell, and the southern mountains.

Timing – Issued at 2:24 p.m. in effect through late tonight.

Conditions – Numerous showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop and move into southern Utah this afternoon. These thunderstorms will be efficient rain producers. Thus, heavy rain is possible with any storms that develop.

Most threatened – The flash flood threat is greatest in slot canyons and normally dry washes, but small streams could experience significant rises as well.

Urban flooding is possible.

A look back at yesterday

Washington City experienced heavy urban flooding yesterday, as did Hurricane.  To see photos and videos from around the county please visit:

Storms across Southern Utah; STGnews photo gallery

St. George News urges attention to the precautionary and preparedness actions set forth below this videocast from Washington City last night.

Videocast by Michael Flynn, St. George News

Precautionary and preparedness actions

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.  Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Most flood deaths occur in automobiles.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road.

Do not hike rivers and especially slot canyons while flash flood warnings are in place.

Do not hike alone and always tell someone where you and your buddy and others are going.

Turn around, don’t drown.

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Dots denote areas subject to Flash Flood Watch, radar time 2:44 p.m. Southern Utah, July 27, 2013 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service
Dots denote areas subject to Flash Flood Watch, radar time 2:44 p.m. Southern Utah, July 27, 2013 | Image courtesy of National Weather Service

 

 

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