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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The system could bring more heavy rain to Florida, where flash flood watches are in effect, to the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas, according to the hurricane center. Leigh Morgan, al, "National Hurricane Center still watching disturbance near Florida," 17 Aug. 2019 The National Hurricane Center said the risk of hurricane-force winds along North Carolina's coast is increasing, as is the threat of flash floods along the Florida coast. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Dorian won't make landfall in Florida, but the east coast is still under threat," 3 Sep. 2019 That could lead to life-threatening flash floods, the center said. NBC News, "'Catastrophic' Hurricane Dorian could linger for days after landfall in Bahamas," 1 Sep. 2019 Heavy rains, capable of life-threatening flash floods, are expected over portions of the Bahamas and coastal sections of the southeastern United States this weekend through much of next week. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Dorian strengthens as it hurtles toward Florida, but could shift north along coast," 31 Aug. 2019 Heavy rain resulted in flash floods in southwest Wisconsin last week. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "Western Wisconsin continues recovery from weekend’s severe weather," 24 July 2019 To assist with Old Ellicott City’s ongoing recovery from a second flash flood in May 2018, Wolf is donating the proceeds from online sales of prints and note cards made from her Main Street paintings to the Ellicott City Partnership. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "Meet Howard County Library System’s ‘famous’ artist-in-residence," 15 July 2019 Lots of rain last winter inundated the arid area, filling natural tanks that have been scoured in the sandstone by flash floods. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Love of desert, animals draws volunteer counters," 13 July 2019 That’s probably why just hours after Washington DC was riven by flash floods that may be linked to climate change, Trump took to a podium in the East Room July 8 to try to change the public view of his climate change-denying presidency. Heather Timmons, Quartz, "The Trump White House tries to rewrite its own history on the environment," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of flash flood

1940, in the meaning defined above

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