With heavy rainfall and windy conditions across much of North Carolina from remnants of Hurricane Michael over the next few days, the N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that there is a strong potential for flash flooding and downed trees and power lines that could create hazardous driving conditions.
The best way to remain safe during heavy rainfall is to not drive at all until the storm passes out of the state, which is expected to be by Friday morning, although residual flooding because of the amount of rainfall could continue through the weekend.
If you do have to travel, drive defensively, slow down and leave extra space between your vehicle and those in front of you. Never drive through standing or rushing water. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most cars, causing possible loss of control and stalling. It takes just a foot of water to carry away many vehicles, while two feet of rushing water can carry many pickups and SUVs off a road into possible floodwater. Most flood-related drownings occur when someone drives through standing or rushing water and their vehicle is swept away.
If you come across a road closed by a barricade or that is covered with water, turn around for your safety, as well as any passengers in your vehicle. Never go around a barricade or move it off a road.
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