Sunday, June 29 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-06-29 15:57:26 GMT
(WMC) - Flash flooding claimed several cars as victims Sunday morning in Memphis. Heavy rain came down on already soaked streets causing some areas to quickly take on water. Drivers caught in the middleMore >>
Flash flooding claimed several cars as victims Sunday morning in Memphis.More >>
Wednesday, May 28 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-05-28 22:45:47 GMT
Heavy rains in south Louisiana Wednesday caused about a dozen caskets to float away from their graves. The scene unfolded in a cemetery in Assumption Parish, about 50 miles south of Baton Rouge, in theMore >>
Heavy rains in south Louisiana Wednesday caused about a dozen caskets to float away from their graves.More >>
Tuesday, May 13 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-05-13 04:02:51 GMT
The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WARNING for Lorain and Erie Counties in Northeast Ohio till 7:00 p.m.More >>
UPDATE: Severe thunderstorms continue to develop in areas surrounding Cleveland. Heavy rain from these storms has caused flooding.
Severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings have been issued in Lorain, Cuyahoga, Medina, Summit, Stark, Portage, Mahoning, Trumbull and Wayne Counties. More >>
(RNN) - Between the large amounts of snow due to melt and the approaching severe weather season bringing chances of torrential rain, it's important to be prepared now in case of flooding. According to Ready.gov, floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States and not all are alike. Here are a few tips on how to be prepared for a flood before, during and after.
Get flood insurance. Standard homeowners insurance doesn't cover flooding. The lower the flood risk, the lower the flood insurance premium will be.
Make a family communication plan. Ready.gov has a family communication plan for parent and kids for advance preparation on how to get to a safe place, how to contact one another and how the family will get back together.
Build an emergency kit. It's important to have food, water and other supplies to last your family at least 72 hours. Your supply kit should also contain items that will help your family manage just in case basic services like electricity, gas, water and sewage are cut off.
Unless your family has elevated and reinforced floors in the home, avoid building a floodplain.
The eclectic panel, water heater, and the furnace should be elevated if you live in a high flood risk area.
Consider constructing barriers to stop floodwater from entering the home and waterproof the walls in the basement.
Install check valves in your home to prevent flooding form backed up drains.
Listen to the weather radio or television for weather updates and information.
Be aware of areas near the home that are known to flood.
If told to do so, turn off utilities, disconnect electric appliances and do not touch any electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
Bring in any outside furniture, and move inside items to an upper floor.
Do not park your car around rivers or creeks.
Do not drive in flooded areas.
Do not walk through moving water.
Move to higher ground if flash flooding occurs.
Get local information as soon as it's available.
Stay away from damaged areas unless being assisted by relief officials.
Help emergency workers by staying off the roads.
Return home only if authorities say it's safe.
Be aware of damaged roads. They may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
Hidden damage may have occurred in buildings, particularly in the foundation, use caution when entering.
Listen to local news to see if the water supply is safe. Floodwater may contain oil, gas or raw sewage.
Repairing your home after flood can be dangerous. Ready.gov has a book that includes way to clean up and repair your home after a flood.
Contact Red Cross in your area for information and emotional support.
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Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:51:04 GMT
A Republican congressman from Kentucky says his wife did not improperly spur him to introduce a bill concerning the possible abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses and there's no basis for an ethics complaint...More >>
A Republican congressman from Kentucky says his wife did not improperly spur him to introduce a bill concerning the possible abuse of Tennessee Walking Horses and there's no basis for an ethics complaint against him.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 10:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:25:36 GMT
The Obama administration is accusing Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach a, quote, 'very serious matter.'More >>
In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with...More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 9:39 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:39:15 GMT
Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.More >>
Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 9:38 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:38:06 GMT
A wheelchair bound woman says she was thrown out of a nursing home after being arrested for a crime she didn't commit. She believes it's part of an attempt to silence her concerns.More >>
A wheelchair bound woman says she was thrown out of a nursing home after being arrested for a crime she didn't commit. She believes it's part of an attempt to silence her concerns about patient care at the facility.More >>
With many out and about on lunch hour, a near-derecho force squall line with 80+ MPH winds slammed through NE Arkansas and the MO Bootheel, leaving behind damage that few have seen from straight line winds.More >>
With many out and about on lunch hour, a near-derecho force squall line with 80+ MPH winds slammed through NE Arkansas and the MO Bootheel, leaving behind damage that few have seen from straight line winds. More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 9:55 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:55:10 GMT
A 20-year-old man died after lightning from a rare summer thunderstorm jolted a Southern California beach, injuring or rattling more than a dozen people, authorities said.More >>
A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said Monday it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 8:35 PM EDT2014-07-29 00:35:38 GMT
Fire crews were battling two fast-moving wildfires in California that threatened many homes and forced hundreds of evacuations, officials said.More >>
In a story July 27 about California Wildfires, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the type of aircraft assisting firefighters battling a wildfire outside Yosemite National Park. They were fixed-wing airplanes...More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 6:56 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:56:22 GMT
A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern U.S. spawned a tornado just north of Boston on Monday, causing extensive damage in the coastal city of Revere, where roofs were ripped off buildings and dozens...More >>
A storm system that wreaked havoc across the eastern half of the U.S. spawned a tornado that ripped roofs off homes in suburban Boston, uprooted trees and forced businesses to close.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 3:52 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:52:30 GMT
Authorities say powerful storms crossing east Tennessee have destroyed 10 homes and damaged others, though there are no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries.More >>
Powerful storms that raked across several states in the eastern U.S. on Sunday destroyed at least 10 homes in Tennessee, but there were no immediate reports of any deaths or injuries, authorities said.More >>
Monday, July 28 2014 1:54 AM EDT2014-07-28 05:54:28 GMT
Authorities now say 14 people - including a 15-year-old - have been struck by lightning during rare summer thunderstorms that have swept through Southern California, injuring two critically.More >>
A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck or rattled 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said.More >>