Severe Weather Preparedness Week, February 18-23

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - This is severe weather awareness week in Alabama.
Tuesday’s focus is on flooding.

2 weeks ago torrential rain moved through the Wiregrass.
The rains caused a major flooding problem.

Mark Wool with the National Weather Service says:
"Probably the screaming message that we want to get across is that we do not want people to drive into flood waters."

If you ever catch yourself on the roadways with heavy rain occurring there is one simple tip that you need to remember: Turn around and don't drown.

Flash flooding can both destroy property and lives.
If you live near a stream, culvert or low-lying area - move to higher ground when floods threaten.

"So really we want to caution people, whether you're staying here in Alabama or traveling there's the potential you'll run into flooding just about anywhere you go."

2 feet of flooding water can pick up a vehicle.
Flooding is one of the leading causes of weather related deaths - so as we enter into severe weather season, it's important to be prepared, not scared.

“Southern Alabama and really the gulf coast states in general routinely experience high impact weather in a form of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flooding, and lightning during many parts of the year but we really start to see a ramp up in the severe weather season here in February and then continuing on into March through April."

So make sure you know the difference between a watch and a warning and download our weather app so you're prepared 24-7.

Severe Weather Awareness week is a partnership between the National Weather Service and local E-M-A offices.
The focus for Wednesday is tornadoes - and we've had two in the Wiregrass.