Meridian, Miss Flooding and flash flooding are no strangers to this part of the country. Often times its thunderstorms and tornados that steal the headlines but flooding is the number one weather related killer in the U.S. Flooding come in one of two different forms, both can occur relatively quickly but are equally dangerous. One type of flooding is common in urban environments as explained by chief meteorologist Brian Hutton, Jr.
He says "Flash flooding is basically where you have a lot of rain falling in a short amount of time which causes water to rise quickly. There are two main types of flooding in that direction. So much water dumps into a stream that it overflows or we see urban flooding from which we see in downtown meridian where water doesn't drain properly especially over concrete."
River flooding takes longer to develop but also can last for days or even weeks. It also poses greatest risk to life and property as it can causes entire towns to be evacuated.
"Flooding is typically, when we see flooding is when a river goes over its banks from stream draining into it, or we see that around here with a hurricane, where we see a lot of rain over an extended period of time."
Two different types, two different time tables, both are very deadly. However, you can eliminate most of the threat yourself, as most of the fatalities are related to cars driving through flood waters.
Hutton says, "The main danger with flooding is flooded road ways, and a lot of times, especially at night, when you hit a patch of flooded road you don't see it. You drive into it, it's deeper than you first think, and then that ends up causing your car to stall and you're basically stuck. That's why the national weather service advocates 'turn around, don't drown'."