flash flood


Definition of flash flood

: a local flood of short duration generally resulting from heavy rainfall in the immediate vicinity

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No road connects the two towns, and the terrain is subject to frequent flash floods and landslides. Amrit Dhillon, The Seattle Times, "Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters," 14 Apr. 2019 The storm came less than two years after a flash flood forced the historic city in Howard County to rebuild much of its Main Street. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Bride and groom evacuated during Ellicott City flooding, still manage to get married," 28 May 2018 They are trained to determine storm patterns for natural disasters such as tornados, thunderstorms, flash floods and hail while providing methods for participants to report storm patterns. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "Local citizens train to watch the sky for weather warnings," 9 Apr. 2018 Still, rescue workers and officials said flash floods in the gorge are rare in the summer, and that one of that magnitude hadn’t registered for about a century. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Search called off in Italy gorge flood that killed 10," 21 Aug. 2018 CBS News has learned that 6 to 10 inches of rain came down very fast and created a flash flood and a lot of water inundated the road. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Deadly storm wallops North Carolina, threatens mid-Atlantic region," 31 May 2018 Spots along the coast near Big Sur recorded more than nine inches of rain this week, and flash floods and mudslides were a concern in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties.. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Weather service promises: The rain is still coming," 22 Mar. 2018 Streams and creeks were running so high Sunday in the area around Charlotte, North Carolina's biggest city, that the National Weather Service declared a flash flood emergency. Fox News, "AP PHOTOS: Flooding from Florence swamps neighborhoods," 16 Sep. 2018 The National Weather Service office in Marquette issued a flash flood emergency for Houghton County on Sunday after heavy rains and flooding were expected to consume the area. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Flooding in Houghton, Hancock prompts Michigan to open command center," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of flash flood

1940, in the meaning defined above

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