flash flood

noun

Definition of flash flood 

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

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Those plans were dashed when flash floods turned the waterfalls a muddy dark chocolate and forced hiker evacuations on Thursday. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Hikers headed to flood-closed Havasupai Falls scramble to make other plans," 13 July 2018 Nevertheless, officials knew about Tham Luang’s dangers well and had placed a warning sign at the cave’s mouth against entering during the rainy season, when flash floods could inundate its chambers. Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock And Muktita Suhartono, New York Times, "‘Still Can’t Believe It Worked’: The Story of the Thailand Cave Rescue," 12 July 2018 Police say a couple was taking pictures in a storm drain in Pennypack Creek when flash floods swept the woman away. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Search suspended for woman missing in Pennypack Creek, resumes today," 2 June 2018 The rain could lead to flash floods and mudslides on the island. Joan Chrissos, miamiherald, "Alberto to hit Panhandle Monday, with more rain coming to South Florida and the Keys," 28 May 2018 The weather service has issued a flash flood watch for the day for most of region except for South Jersey’s sandy Pinelands and the Shore. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "Heat wave ends on a wet note in Philadelphia," 6 July 2018 The potential for flash floods, dust storms, and heavy thunder and lightning all are at play come the stormy weather. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "What to take away from Arizona's 2018 wildfire season so far," 13 June 2018 Alberto had weakened to a subtropical depression Monday but nearly 30 million people in parts of Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky were still under flash flood watches for much of Tuesday. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Alberto brings landslides to North Carolina after killing 2," 30 May 2018 The harrowing story began on June 23, when 12 members of the Wild Boar soccer team — between the ages of 11 and 16 — got trapped in a cave, along with their 27-year-old coach, due to a flash flood. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Soccer Team's Rescue From Thailand Cave Might Become a Movie," 11 July 2018

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1940, in the meaning defined above

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