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NWS to begin simplified flood announcements

NWS to begin simplified flood announcements NWS to begin simplified flood announcements

Starting Thursday, Nov. 4, the National Weather Service – Louisville will begin issuing simplified flood products.

The Hazard Simplification project is designed to simplify the communication of information and improve the understanding and utility of forecasts and warnings.

In the consolidated changes, a “flash flood watch” will now  be a “flood watch.”

Also, numerous products will now fall under the “flood advisory” category, including urban and small stream flood advisory, arroyo and small stream flood advisory, small stream flood advisory, flood advisory and hydrologic advisory.

Flash flood watches will still be issued when conditions include the possibility of flash flooding due to non-convective causes (e.g., dam or levee failure, ice jam) or when there is a possibility of flash flooding and debris flows caused by excessive rainfall on burn scars or in debris flow- and landslide-prone areas.

The flash flood warning and flash flood statement will remain in impact-based warning format.

Additional information and examples of consolidated or reformatted flood products are available at weather.gov/hazardsimplification/repairprogress.

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