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Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Yavapai County Featured

While nobody wants flooding, extra rain may be just the thing for the Johnson Fire burning about 8 miles south of Prescott. 

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for Monday morning at 11 AM, through Tuesday morning at 5 AM.

So, what is the difference between a Flood Warning, a Flood Watch and a Flood Advisory?

According to the National Weather Service, the Flood Advisory is the least to be concerned about. Their website explains, "An [sic] Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning.”

They do go on to explain that it may cause significant inconvenience. So, if you see a Flood Advisory has been issued, stay alert.

A Flood Watch doesn’t mean that it will definitely flood, but that the conditions are favorable for flooding. Pay attention.

Flash Flood Warnings or Flood Warnings mean that flooding is imminent or already occurring. Get your important belongings and be ready to leave if necessary.

Here is an infographic to help explain. Currently, we have been notified of a Flood Watch, which is the significance of the yellow star.

Flood Watch
National Weather Service Flagstaff AZ
324 AM MST Mon Sep 23 2019

Yavapai County Mountains-Northern Gila County-
Yavapai County Valleys and Basins-Oak Creek and Sycamore Canyons-
Including the cities of Prescott, Seligman, Ash Fork, Payson,
Strawberry, Young, Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Cordes Junction,
Bagdad, and Sedona
324 AM MST Mon Sep 23 2019


The Flash Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of east central and west central Arizona. The
  following areas are included: northern Gila County, Oak Creek
  and Sycamore Canyons, Yavapai County Mountains, and Yavapai
  County Valleys and Basins.

* From 11 AM MST this morning UNTIL 5 AM MST TUESDAY

* A moist airmass over Arizona and the potential for heavy rain
  producing thunderstorm complexes will increase the threat of
  flash flooding in these areas. Localized rainfall amounts
  could exceed 1 inch in less than an hour, with storm total
  rainfall possibly above 3 inches.

* These rainfall rates can result in strong, rapidly rising
  water in area washes, which may create hazardous conditions at
  low water crossings. Turn Around, Don`t Drown.


A Flash Flood Watch Means That Developing Conditions May Lead To
Flash Flooding Within The Watch area. People...especially those
located along area creeks...rivers or other flash flood prone
areas...should continue to monitor later forecasts and be
prepared to take immediate action should flash flood warnings be

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Last modified on Monday, 23 September 2019 07:40
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