A flood is possible in your area. Take appropriate precautions.
flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. Seek safety.
Flash Flood Watch
Indicates that flash flooding is a possibility in or close to the watch area.
Flash Flood Warning
A flood warning issued for life/property threatening flooding that will occur.* Seek safety.
*Very heavy rain in a short period of time can lead to flash flooding, depending on local terrain, ground cover, degree of urbanization, amount of man-made changes to the natural river banks, and initial ground or river condition. Dam breaks can also create flash flooding.