(WTVM) - Flood preparedness brings Georgia's Severe Weather Awareness Week to an end.
Floods can happen during any time of the year and flash floods can occur within just a few minutes after the rain starts.
As with any severe weather event, it's important to have a plan and prepare now.
Meteorologist Elisabeth D'Amore has more details about floods and tips to keep you and your family safe.
The first step to being prepared is to educate yourself on the terms used to describe a flood hazard. A flash flood is caused by a lot of rain over a short amount of time. River flooding is the gradual increase of a river's water level over days or weeks.
With both of these types of flooding, watches and warnings can be issued. If a watch is issued it means flooding is possible and if a warning is issued it means flooding is happening or will happen soon.
More than half of flood deaths are automobile-related. Just six inches of rushing water can cause a car to lose control and a foot can make one float. Don't ever attempt to drive through floodwaters if you can't see the road beneath.
The road may be washed away and you could become trapped. According to the National Weather Service, the best thing to do is to "Turn Around, Don't Drown."
Flash floods are the top weather related killer in the United States.
Rainfall data for the city of Columbus and links to track any showers or storms across our area can be found on the Weather tab.