flash flood


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

Examples of flash flood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Passengers flying to Houston may expect sunny skies with a high near 91 degrees, but a flash flood warning remains in effect after Hurricane Beryl. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2024 Numerous flash flood warnings blanketed southeastern Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, 9 July 2024 With Kansas City facing a flash flood watch from 5 p.m. Tuesday through Wednesday morning, avoiding driving in standing water could be a life-saving move. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 2 July 2024 According to the National Weather Service, Utah has seen extreme weather this week, including warnings for flash floods and severe thunderstorms. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 28 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for flash flood 

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flash flood was in 1940

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“Flash flood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20flood. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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