Rain is expected across the Miami Valley tonight. Excessive rain is possible. The area is under a low risk for flooding.
Ken Haydu, Meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service in Wilmington said nighttime rain can be the most dangerous.
“The biggest killer of severe weather in this part of the country are flash flood,” Haydu said.
In 2017, 116 people were killed in floods across the United States versus 35 tornado related deaths.
Most flood related deaths happen in a vehicle. Haydu said nighttime is the most dangerous because people come around a turn at 60 mph and it’s difficult to see the water.
“They have to make a very fast decision, Haydu said. “The proper decision is first to stop and asses the situation and the best decision at that point is to turn around so you don’t drown.”
Haydu said they typically have a flash flood warning out 30 minutes to an hour in advance. These warnings will be posted in the Storm Team 2 Weather App.