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 Flash Flood Watch  Statement as of 3:24 PM CDT on September 1, 2014


... Flash Flood Watch in effect from 7 PM CDT this evening through
Tuesday morning...

The National Weather Service in St Louis has issued a

* Flash Flood Watch for portions of Illinois and Missouri...
including the following counties... in Illinois... Bond IL...
Clinton IL... Fayette IL... Madison IL... Marion IL... Monroe
IL... Montgomery IL... Randolph IL... St. Clair IL and
Washington IL. In Missouri... Cole MO... Crawford MO... Franklin
MO... Gasconade MO... Iron MO... Jefferson MO... Madison MO...
Moniteau MO... Osage MO... Reynolds MO... St. Charles MO... St.
Francois MO... St. Louis city MO... St. Louis MO... Ste.
Genevieve MO... Warren MO and Washington MO.

* From 7 PM CDT this evening through Tuesday morning

* thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall are expected to train
over the area tonight. Widespread rainfall amounts between 1.5
and 2 inches are expected with locally higher amounts. Areas
along and south of the Interstate 44 corridor in Missouri... and
along and south of the Interstate 70 corridor in Illinois are
expected to get the heaviest amounts of rain tonight.

* Heavy rainfall will result in flooding of low lying or poor
drainage areas... and ultimately dangerous flash flooding on
smaller creeks and streams. Significant rises on larger
streams and rivers will also be possible.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Watch means that flash flooding is possible but not
imminent in the watch area. People in the watch area should be
aware of the possibility of heavy rainfall and flash flooding.
Check your preparedness requirements... especially if you live in
flood prone areas. Stay informed... and be ready for quick action
if flooding is observed or if a Flash Flood Warning is issued.





 Public Information Statement  Statement as of 6:10 PM CDT on September 1, 2014


... Safety rules for severe thunderstorms...

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued by the National
Weather Service. In the interest of public safety, the
following safety rules are provided. Public and commercial
broadcast stations serving the affected area are asked to
broadcast these safety measures frequently while the watch is
in effect.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for
the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the
watch area. If you are in the watch area, keep up to date of
the latest weather information. These storms can develop
rapidly so there may be occasions when advance warning is not
possible.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning means a severe thunderstorm has
been observed or indicated on radar. If you are in the path
or near the storm, take immediate actions to protect life and
property. Follow these safety rules:

(1) in open country, you should seek shelter and avoid trees
which can be targets for lightning. If there is no shelter,
go to a ditch or culvert but beware of rising water which can
cause flooding.

(2) when indoors, stay away from outside walls and windows
and go to an interior room on the lowest level. Avoid using
electrical appliances while the storm is nearby.

(3) in Mobile homes, you should leave and seek nearby safe
shelter.

(4) if swimming or on a boat, you should get to shore as
quickly as possible and find shelter.

A thunderstorm is considered severe when it contains one inch
or larger diameter size hail and/or wind gusts of 58 miles an
hour or greater. A severe thunderstorm can also produce deadly
lightning and very heavy rain which can lead to flash flooding.

Remember, with any severe thunderstorm there is always the
possibility of tornadoes.



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