Flash flood warning issued; heavy rainfall expected

A flash flood warning for south central Kane County has been issued, effective until 9 p.m. today. This file photo shows flooding in the Virgin River in Zion National Park, Springdale, Utah, Sept. 9, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Zion National Park, St. George News

SOUTHERN UTAH – The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a flash flood warning for east central Washington County, effective until 8:45 p.m.

Just before 6 p.m. Doplar radar indicated a thunderstorm producing heavy rain is moving over Zion National Park, and flooding is expected immediately through the subway section of the park.

Precautionary/preparedness actions

Flooding is imminent, and it is important to know where you are in relation to streams, rivers or creeks which can become killers in heavy rains, and campers or hikers should avoid these areas until the storm passes.

Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.

Turn around. Don’t drown.

If you are traveling in these areas, be aware of flash flooding and avoid any washes and dry slots.

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.

Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway.  The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely.

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