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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With the Camp Fire now 70% contained, a new threat to Butte County, which includes Paradise, emerged Tuesday when the National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for the burn area. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Trump Administration Seeks Authority for More Logging to Fight Fire Danger," 20 Nov. 2018 But then the snows and rain returned, culminating in a spectacular 6-inch rainfall on May 10, which caused flash floods and ended the drought warning. John Fialka, Scientific American, "A Wyoming Reservation Shows the New Face of Drought," 6 June 2018 The teenagers were on a group hike in the Tzafit Valley near the southern Dead Sea when severe storms hit the area, causing flash floods. Oren Liebermann, CNN, "9 teenagers dead as flash floods hit Israel and West Bank," 26 Apr. 2018 Once, when she was stranded across town in a downpour and flash flood, Ms. Martinez called a boyfriend to pick her up in his truck. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "The Year Hurricane Harvey Swamped a Neighborhood—and Split a Friendship," 16 Aug. 2018 The rest of the San Diego County mountains are under a flash-flood watch until 7 p.m. Storms in San Bernardino County around Big Bear Lake have reportedly produced flash floods. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Severe thunderstorm warning issued in San Diego County," 11 July 2018 Today there’s a wide gully in the heart of the ravine, carved by flash floods and the earth-moving machines that arrived years ago to turn the site into a garbage dump. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 While shooting photos with her boyfriend from inside a storm drain near Roosevelt Boulevard Friday night, Bunting was swept away by Pennypack Creek’s raging waters during a flash flood, becoming the creek’s sixth victim in eight years. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "The woman who died in Pennypack Creek was a 'queen' in the urban exploration world," 6 June 2018 The record-setting rain, linked to Subtropical Storm Alberto, is blamed for mudslides, flash floods, a breached dam, and the deaths of a TV anchorman and photojournalist. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "A dark road, a rush of mud and suddenly 2 NC men found their truck shoved into river," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of flash flood

1940, in the meaning defined above

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