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Lakeshore Flood Advisory, Watch, and Warning Defined


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A Lakeshore Flood Advisory is issued when minor flooding -- exceeding normal lake levels -- and erosion are possible along the Great Lakes. Flooding during a Lakeshore Flood Advisory is more of an inconvenience than a danger, but the possibility of a threat or escalation to a Lakeshore Flood Watch are still present.

A Lakeshore Flood Watch is issued when flooding and erosion with significant effects are possible. A Lakeshore Flood Watch will usually be issued 12 to 36 hours prior to the event.

A Lakeshore Flood Warning is issued when flooding and erosion pose a serious threat to life and property. A Lakeshore Flood Warning is issued when the danger is presently occurring or imminent in the next 12 hours.

Residents living in low-lying areas or close to the coast should listen to local radio and TV stations for continuous updates. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.

Additional tips:

  • Avoid areas known for flooding and head inland toward higher ground.
  • Do not walk through floodwater, 6 inches of fast moving water can sweep you off your feet.
  • Do not drive through flooded areas, 2 feet of water carries away most automobiles.
  • If the car stalls while in the water, abandon the car and find higher ground immediately.

Source: National Weather Service

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