Grab your umbrellas if you live in the Lancaster area. A storm system is moving up the East Coast and it is bringing several days of rain. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting rain for Lancaster today, Friday and Saturday. Neighboring Chester County can expect heavier rains which may cause flooding in poor drainage areas.
The NWS is predicting that Lancaster will see periods of rain throughout the day. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 50s through midday. Humidity is currently 86%. The rain is expected to finally clear the area Saturday night.
Being prepared is a realistic necessity in order to keep your family safe and maintain a quality of life. First and foremost, make a plan! Are you prepared for a power outage or flooded roads and wet basements in Lancaster?
If you do not already have one, now is the time to make a family emergency plan. If you do have one, review it and update it if needed. Include communications as part of your family plan. Plan for severe weather related events such as heavy rain and flooding.
Floods occur during or after tropical storms and hurricanes. They can also occur more locally after heavy rains. New development and spring thaws are other common causes of flooding. A levee or dam overflowing can also cause flooding, though that is not generally a concern for the Lancaster area.
Being aware of your surroundings is key to preventing many disasters. Listen to your local weather forecasts for news of heavy rains, flash floods, and flooding. Keep your gutters and drainage channels clear of debris. Sweep away leaves.
If a flood watch or warning is issued, you should also take precautions to protect your home and property. Secure your outdoor furniture. If your basement always floods, move things up off the floor. Do not drive or walk through a flooded area.
For more tips on staying safe and preparing for floods, visit www. Ready.gov/floods.
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