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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flash flood verb

Examples of flash flood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The National Weather Service had issued several flash flood warnings on Thursday, as torrents of rain stretched from Charlotte into the capital of Raleigh. Janice Dean, Fox News, "At least 7 dead, 2 missing in North Carolina flash floods," 13 Nov. 2020 The rain could leave wet, ponding roadways on trips between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. or Annapolis, Witt said, with a flash flood watch issued south of the Baltimore area Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Ben Leonard, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland weather: Heavy rain possible in Baltimore area Wednesday night," 11 Nov. 2020 Roads were closed, and flash flood warnings were issued throughout Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, "Cleveland nearly doubles its October 2020 rainfall in one morning: Wet weather on tap could lead to more flooding," 21 Oct. 2020 The higher rain totals in the second round will be east of Interstate 65, forecasters said, and a flash flood watch has been issued for DeKalb County. Leigh Morgan, al, "Hurricane Zeta in Alabama: Get ready for strong winds, power outages, storm surge and heavy rain," 28 Oct. 2020 The southern half of Indiana is under a flash flood watch from 11 p.m. Wednesday until 2 p.m. Thursday. Vic Ryckaert, The Indianapolis Star, "How Hurricane Zeta will affect Central Indiana," 28 Oct. 2020 Flood and flash flood watches were in effect across portions of the Carolinas and southeast Virginia. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Wilfred forms in Atlantic as forecasters run out of names for the second time in history," 18 Sep. 2020 In New Orleans, the Sewerage & Water Board says all but one pump station and all but one electric generator are available in the event of flash flood conditions. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Marco, now a hurricane, to move onshore Monday in Louisiana; Laura's track shifts west," 23 Aug. 2020 There's also a flash flood warning for Jefferson County until 11:15 p.m., warning small creeks and streams could flood as well as urban areas, highways, streets, underpasses and drainage and low lying areas. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "National Weather Service: Flash flood watch in effect for Louisville all night," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of flash flood

1940, in the meaning defined above

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“Flash flood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20flood. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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