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Heavy Rainfall & Inland Flooding

Graphic showing inland flooding in the Houston Texas area after Tropical Storm Alison- go to National Hurricane Center Hurricane Preparedness video on Inland Flooding
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Heavy Rainfall & Inland Flooding 

Graphic showing the number of inches of rain that was produced by Hurricane Frances  - Hydrologic Prediction Center, NOAATropical cyclones often produce widespread, torrential rains in excess of 6 inches, which may result in deadly and destructive floods. In fact, flooding is the major threat from tropical cyclones for people living inland. Flash flooding, defined as a rapid rise in water levels, can occur quickly due to intense rainfall. Longer term flooding on rivers and streams can persist for several days after the storm.

Rainfall amounts are not directly related to the strength of tropical cyclones but rather to the speed and size of the storm, as well as the geography of the area. Slower moving and larger storms produce more rainfall. In addition, mountainous terrain enhances rainfall from a tropical cyclone.

Learn How to Prepare for Floods




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