Heavy Rains Cause Flash Floods Across Nation – No Injuries Reported

Jun 09, 17 Heavy Rains Cause Flash Floods Across Nation – No Injuries Reported

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Heavy rains fell over the U.S. Sunday night and Monday morning, causing floods in several states. Several counties north of Nashville, TN and locations near Affton, MO were heavily affected. In Tennessee, emergency officials in Montgomery, Robertson, and Sumner Counties urged drivers to use caution while driving after water was reported over several roadways. That night, emergency crews conducted one water rescue after a person became trapped in a vehicle due to high water. No injuries were reported. Emergency Management Director R.L. Douglas reported that the flooding was over before they had time to react, stating that after several major highways were covered in water, it was gone in record time. “By the time TDOT gets up there to put out high water signs, it’s usually gone,” he said. “It’s a flash flood and a flash disappearance.” There had been a flash flood watch effect for several Middle Tennessee counties until 10 a.m. but it was allowed to expire early Monday. According to the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, a flood advisory was in effect for the county through 1 p.m. Monday. Justyn Jackson, with the National Weather Service in Nashville, said Middle Tennesse could see some widespread rain developing in some locations late Monday morning — especially into the afternoon hours. “We’ll still have a little bit of lingering rain toward Cookville and Crossville but we’re not expecting any severe weather,” Jackson said. “Some storms could have some gusty wind and small hail. We don’t think it’s going to be a major deal.” In Affton, MO, things were a little more impactful, reports state. While there were no major injuries reported, property damage had been cited in a few locations due to flooding. Three apartment buildings in the Cedar Creek Lodge Apartment Complex in Affton, MO had water covering the ground floor Sunday evening, leading to the flooding of about 24 apartments. Chief Nick Fahs of the Affton Fire Protection District reported that: “When the first company arrived they said it was raining...

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Earthquakes and Shock Waves Rattle Northwest Alabama

Sep 26, 14 Earthquakes and Shock Waves Rattle Northwest Alabama

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Less than a month after shock waves from California’s 6.6 earthquake reached Alabama, the state is experiencing its own, smaller quakes. On Tuesday, September 9, an area seven miles west of Russellville was shook by a 2.1 tremor at 10:59 p.m. Several hours later, a second earthquake struck an area 11 miles west of Russellville just before 4 a.m., which also had a magnitude of 2.1. These two incidents are consistent with the region’s proximity to the New Madrid fault line. The first signs of geologic activity were seen Sunday, August 24, when primary shock waves from an earthquake in the Napa Valley region arrived in Huntsville at 7:26 a.m., six minutes after the initial tremor. The secondary, shear waves arrived after another 11 minutes, and the larger, slower waves began five minutes later. At its peak, the earthquake reached a vertical ground movement of 75 micrometers after 18 minutes. For shock waves that traveled 1,994 miles from their origin point, that amount of movement is fairly impressive. Meanwhile, the smaller, local earthquakes were focused in northwest Alabama and only affected the immediate area. Unlike the California earthquake, which took place six miles below the surface, the United States Geologic Survey agency (USGS) has reported that the Alabama earthquakes both had a depth of around 3.4 miles. Unlike the California earthquake, which resulted in a severe level of destruction and several injuries, there has been no reported damage or injuries in Russellville or Huntsville. However, with the higher than average rate of geologic activity in the state, some people are reportedly concerned about the potential harm that could befall their homes. Fortunately, with an estimated 744,614 people employed by the U.S. property management industry, many renters have been reassured that their units, apartments and homes will be quickly repaired in the event of earthquake-related...

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