A Dangerous Storm Is Approaching The United States

Matt Lillywhite

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Another big storm is expected to hit several states in the Pacific Northwest this week. According to reports published by AccuWeather, several inches of rain will likely fall in Seattle, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

As you can see from the maps below, several states in the Pacific Northwest are expected to receive a lot of precipitation (rain and snow) this week:

Tuesday to Friday total precipitation forecastNWS

Friday to Sunday total precipitation forecastNWS

Unfortunately, flooding and mudslides are a possibility due to heavy rain. Therefore, the upcoming storms may produce a sense of déjà vu for those with friends and family across the Canadian border. As you'll remember, a massive storm recently caused washed-out highways and mass evacuations in British Columbia. As the upcoming storm is expected to hit both the United States and Canada, the state of emergency in Abbotsford, British Columbia, has been extended until Nov. 29 as the city works to reinforce flood protections.

Since urban flooding is a possibility, only drive during adverse weather if absolutely necessary. However, you should never drive through floodwaters since they could contain objects that can damage your vehicle and leave you stranded. According to the National Weather Service, "Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV's) and pick-ups."

In case you're stuck at home for several days, the U.S. Government recommends having the following items stored in an emergency supply kit:

  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps

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