Tropical Storm Andrea is expected to drench the East Coast this afternoon through Saturday – some areas should anticipate torrential rain and pockets of flash flooding. Follow an hour-by-hour forecast map from WCVB.
There are flood watches for this afternoon through tomorrow in all New England states except Vermont at this time. These can be found at National Weather Service Watches, Warnings & Advisories pages
Learn about what you can do before, during and after floods. With he potential for flash flooding, be particularly careful about driving. Ready.gov offers these safety tips.
Flash flood Driving Safety
The following are important points to remember when driving in flood conditions:
- Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
- A foot of water will float many vehicles
- Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
- Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
- Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
- Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
- Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.