UPDATED 4:20 P.M.
SOUTHERN UTAH – At 4:12 p.m. the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Washington County and south-central Iron County, in effect until 4:45 p.m. Doppler Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph. This storm has located over New Harmony, or 20 miles southwest of Cedar City, moving northeast at 20 mph.
New Harmony, anarraville, Kolob Canyon and Pintura
Severe thunderstorms produce damaging winds, destructive hail, deadly lightning and very heavy rain.
For your protection, move to an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or business.
Heavy rains flood roads quickly so do not drive into areas where water covers the road.
Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm and may lead to flash flooding.
Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
EARLIER ADVISORY FOR WASHINGTON COUNTY – The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for south-central Washington County in effect 3:27-9 p.m. Monday.
At 3:27 p.m. Doppler Radar indicated a thunderstorm producing heavy rain over the Fort Pearce Wash n Arizona. Radar rainfall amounts of over 2 inches in an hour’s time has fallen in this drainage. The Fort Pearce Wash flows into Utah’s Washington County and then into the southern end of St. George from Arizona.
At 3:30 p.m. Doppler Radar indicated a strong thunderstorm 11 miles south of Hurricane, or 16 miles east of St. George, moving northeast at 15 mph.
Penny to nickle-sized hail and winds of 40-55 mph will be possible.
Additional drainages in the Virgin Gorge are also anticipated to be impacted.
This waterway flows near Interstate 15 and then back into Arizona.
St. George, Washington, Hurricane, Santa Clara, LaVerkin, Ivins, Hildale, Toquerville, Leeds, Virgin, Springdale, Rockville and Bloomington.
Precautionary / Preparedness actions:
Move to higher ground now. Act quickly to protect your life.
“Get everybody. Don’t try to save personal belongings or vehicles,” Deputy Darrell Cashin, Search and Rescue Commander with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, said as a watchword for those confronting a flash flood.
A flash flood can happen with little or no warning and individuals may only have seconds to act before it’s too late.
After getting to higher ground, it is important for individuals to remain where they are until either the waters have receded to a safe depth or rescue has arrived.
When you think it’s safe, wait an hour longer
“Let it recede, let it pass,” Cashin said. “When you think it’s safe, wait an hour longer.”
Turn around, don’t drown
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- Flash flooding Washington County; STGnews Photo Gallery
- Record rainfall in Cedar City results in ‘massive flooding’ throughout city; STGnews Photo Gallery
- Flash Flood Watch for Southern Utah; STGnews Videocast of Washington City urban flooding
- Flash flooding meets River Road near Southern Parkway; Videocast, STGnews photo gallery
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