Flashing flooding in Memphis and the Mid-South has caused cars and homes to become flooded or overwhelmed with water from heavy rain brought on by stormy weather which has hit the Mid-South on today (Thursday, September 11, 2014).
A flash flood emergency has been declared as stormy weather conditions and flooding worsens throughout Memphis and the Mid-South.
The flash flood emergency, which has issued for Shelby and Fayette Counties in Tennessee by the National Weather Service, estimates that Memphis has received 7 inches of rainfall in just the past six hours.
The National Weather Service has predicted that the city will receive at least 2 more inches over the next two hours if the showers and thunderstorms continues.
The flash flood warning is in effect in the Mid-South until 2PM CST today.
Flash floods are when rapid flooding picks up in low-lying areas and is usually caused by heavy rain due to severe weather. When they occur, authorities warn people to be aware of drainage channels and, if you find yourself in your home being flooded, to turn off utilities at the main switches and disconnect all electrical appliances.
If you leave your home and find yourself in a flood, authorities warn not to walk through moving water because as little as 6 inches of moving water can cause you to fall. If you must move through water, walk through where it is not moving and, if possible, use a stick to check the ground in front of you as you walk.
Never drive into flooded areas and, if you find that your car has become flooded in floodwater, abandon the vehicle and find higher ground.
Visit weather.com for further flood warnings on Memphis weather.