By BRAD KELLAR
Rain, a lot of rain, is in the forecast for Hunt County and all of Northeast Texas today.
In fact several inches of precipitation are possible across the region before Thursday morning and motorists are being urged to “Turn Around. Don’t Drown.”
A flash flood watch has been issued for the area, starting at 7 a.m. today and continuing until 7 a.m. Thursday. A flash flood watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rain, enough to possibly cause flash floods.
As of Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service was advising Hunt County and counties to the north and east could receive up to four inches of rain.
The rain chances were forecast to begin Tuesday night, then increase dramatically today and continue into tonight.
There is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for Thursday morning. While the skies are expected to clear in time for trick-or-treating Thursday evening, the winds are expected to gust out of the west up to 30 miles per hour and it could be chilly, with winds expected to shift out of the north west during the night and with a low around 49 degrees.
Floods are the number one thunderstorm-related killer, not only in Texas, but across the country.
The National Weather Service offers the following recommendations to prepare for the potential of floods and flash floods:
— When a flash flood WARNING is issued for your area, or the moment you realize that a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. You may have only seconds!
— Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes, and the like.
— Avoid already flooded and high velocity flow areas. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
— If driving, be aware that the road bed may not be intact under flood waters. Turn around and go another way. NEVER drive through flooded roadways!
— If the vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and seek higher ground if you can safely. Rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away. Remember, it’s better to be wet than dead!
— Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
— Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.