flash flood


Definition of flash flood

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

Other Words from flash flood

flash flood verb

Examples of flash flood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Flood and flash flood watches are in effect from southern New Jersey to northern Massachusetts. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 26 Oct. 2021 Downpours at lower Sierra elevations prompted the National Weather Service to issue flash flood and debris flow warnings for the Caldor, Dixie and River fire burn scars over the weekend. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Oct. 2021 Seven million people were under flash flood alerts in California and Nevada, where as much as 10 inches of rain was possible, according to NBC News forecasters. NBC News, 24 Oct. 2021 However all flash flood warnings for that area have been allowed to expire this morning. Leigh Morgan, al, 7 Oct. 2021 Early Thursday afternoon, the Weather Service issued a bulletin cautioning flash flood was possible into the evening. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 More than six million people are under flash flood alerts from southeast Texas to the Florida Panhandle. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 15 Sep. 2021 Almost 80 million in 17 states are on flash flood alert from Mississippi to Massachusetts. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 31 Aug. 2021 Tornado and flash flood warnings are also in effect, with New Orleans expected to experience heavy rain and possible flash floods, according to CNN. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 29 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of flash flood

1940, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flash flood was in 1940

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18 Nov 2021

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“Flash flood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20flood. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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