Flash floods are the No. 1 thunderstorm-related killer. On average, 2 to 3 Arizonans will die each year due to flash flooding, usually from being swept away in a vehicle.
It doesn't take much water to send your car downstream. In fact, 1 to 2 feet of water will float most cars, this includes large SUVs.
The slogan "Turn around, don't drown" was created by the National Weather Service to remind drivers of the dangers of rushing water.
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During monsoon it is important to stay alert and pay attention to weather warnings.
If a "flash flood watch" is issued this means conditions are favorable for flooding and you should be prepared.
If a "flash flood warning" is issued this means flash flooding is happening now or will happen very soon. You should take action immediately and get to higher ground.
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NEVER drive through flooded washes and don't let your kids play in flood waters. A fast moving current under the surface could sweep them away.
For more information on flash flooding visit...http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/psr/pns/2016/June/MonsoonAwarenessWeek.php
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