‘Flash Flood Emergency’: A closer look at the rare weather warning

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – It is one of the rarest weather warnings to have issued and just a month ago it went out several times as Hurricane Ida struck the northeast US: a “Flash Flood Emergency”. Meteorologist Kristen Currie spoke with the National Weather Service’s surface water hydrologist about the weather alert and the last time it was issued in Central Texas. You can watch the full interview above.

How rare are these warnings:

MARK LENTZ: “What we do generally is we issue a flash flood warning and then if that get’s worse; we start getting a lot of water rescues, a lot of structures are getting flooded, people are getting cut off. Then we would raise that level to a flood emergency.”

Learn more about flooding:

Ever wonder why Central Texas floods, we have a First Warning Weather University lesson on that. Climate change, of course, is causing more flooding. Flooding is actually increasing along the coast.

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