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North Alabama, Tennessee Valley school closings and cancellations September 20

Some schools in North Alabama and the Tennessee Valley are closing or changing their schedules due to flooding and heavy rain in the region.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Some schools in the Tennessee Valley are closing or changing their schedules due to flooding and heavy rain in the region.

School Closures:

Fayetteville City Schools: Closed on Monday, September 20

Lincoln County Schools: Staff development day canceled on Monday, September 20.

Riverside Christian Academy: Closed on Monday, September 20

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It's important to be prepared and know the differences between the two more common watches and warnings associated with severe weather.

What's the difference between a "watch" and a "warning?

The difference between a watch and a warning is that one (watch) is the potential for a weather event to happen and the other (warning) means that the event is happening.

A Flash Flood Watch is very similar to a Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado Watch It means conditions are favorable for flooding and you should be prepared especially if you live in an area that is prone to flooding. 

A Flash Flood Warning means flooding is nearing or it is currently happening and immediate and appropriate action should be taken.

It's also important to remember that Flash Flooding is a rapid rise in water. It is defined by the NWS as "A rapid and extreme flow of high water into a normally dry area, or a rapid water level rise in a stream or creek above a predetermined flood level, beginning within six hours of the causative event."

Remember, it takes very little water to wash a person away. Only about 6.0 inches. Just 12 inches of water can wash a standard-size SUV or car away. 18 inches of water can wash larger vehicles such as full-size trucks and larger SUVs away.

There are things we can do in order to prepare ahead of the rain that we know could lead to flooding:

  • Always just simply be aware of whether you live or work in an area that is prone to flooding. 
  • Always check with your insurance for proper coverage. 
  • Clear the storm drains around your home. While this may not technically be your job it can potentially save a lot of fuss. 
  • Always have electronic devices charged. This applies to any sort of dangerous weather.