Better watch out and bring out your umbrella with you if you're in Alabama. This may get rough soon!

Alabama is expected to receive rain starting Thursday, February 3rd, and until Friday, February 4th. This is pretty normal if you'd think about it however there are some flooding concerns that may be seen during this time.

Alabama Faces a Potential Flood Event in 2022

In today's blog, we want to talk about this weather event in Alabama and the flood concerns arising from it.

Heavy Rain Brings Higher Waters

Alabama is up in arms as weather forecasts expect heavy rainfall to drop on the state. This heavy rainfall is expected to be averaging 2 to 4 inches of rain and will persist from Thursday to Friday as reported by the National Weather Service (NWS). Flood watches are being sent out already since we are already expecting 3 to 6 inches of heavy rain getting dumped on Alabama just for the night of February 3rd. This means that flash flooding has an up to 10% chance of happening across the state.

This event is also expected to have some major storms as seen by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which places the south and south-central parts of the state at a marginal risk for severe weather this Thursday.

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This puts cities Mobile, Montgomery, Greenville, and Tuscaloosa at a high chance of facing an isolated major storm in the next two days. These types of storms usually create the biggest concerns are damaging wind gusts, which could take down trees and knock out power, and tornadoes.

After Friday (February 4th), the rain will begin to move out however it doesn't really mean that everything ends there since there are chances of additional rain happening during the weekends because the cold air will be rushing behind.

Flood Concerns

One of the biggest concerns that we should be aware of is that this type of weather event will surely create big flood threats and increase the overall flood risk for the whole state in the next two days.

This ranges from what we call a pluvial flood, where collected water has nowhere else to go so it starts to pile up and inundate the area. This isn't really impossible considering that we still haven't moved out of the winter season. During this time, we expect the ground to be oversaturated which generally means that it won't be able to take in as much water as it should.

Another reason why flooding may occur from a life-threatening storm surge as water levels rise due to the precipitation. This is most likely to happen in coastal Alabama like Mobile City. Generally, this means that we might see a cocktail of floods as all three types may occur during this weather event: pluvial, fluvial, and coastal flooding.

Alabama Faces a Potential Flood Event in 2022

Fluvial flooding is only different from pluvial because the source of the floods comes from a water source like a river, lake, pond, creek, and such. Generally, this type of flood has a very strong flow to it and most of the time can easily damage properties along its path.

Other than these flood concerns, when that rain starts to happen, it's most likely that roads and bridges are going to be slippier than ever. This is why we always remind people to not drive into standing water or flood, or even during a rain event like this if it's not really necessary. We don't want to be dark and grim, but most of the casualties and injuries that happen in times like this are located and involve roads.

Why Flood Insurance is Important

When it comes to floods, most people would say that they wouldn't want to leave their properties unattended because something might happen to them. This same thinking causes a lot of trouble for these property owners when water starts to inundate the property.

Flood insurance can really help you cover for this flood damage and flood loss that may occur during a time like this. More importantly, you get peace of mind that you will still have a home to go back to even after a flood.

You have two options when it comes to flood insurance in Alabama: the federal-backed National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and its new Risk Rating 2.0, and Private Flood Insurance. Let's talk about these two.

NFIP

The federal flood insurance is gearing towards a fingerprint of flood risk for properties that get a policy from them since rates will be based on the individual flood risk. Although this makes it more affordable for flood insurance coming from FEMA, this may still bring an increase to rates for some property owners.

This type of change makes them a big contender to take the spot when you ask people where best to get flood insurance however it's integral to point out that other than how you're going to be rated, some things never change with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood insurance.

When it comes to coverage, we're still talking about the same $250,000 maximum on dwelling or building coverage and $100,000 maximum when it comes to contents

Other than these, these are all that the federal government can offer when it comes to flood insurance even with the Risk Rating 2.0 update. Here's a quick breakdown of the NFIP 2.0 card compared to the current version we have at the time of writing:

Alabama Faces a Potential Flood Event in 2022

Private Flood

Private flood insurance has made a big push in the last 15 years. There have been a lot of changes in the last 5 years that allow private flood insurance to be a great flood insurance option for many property owners. Let's look at exactly what private flood insurance is.

For many years the only option for many property owners was the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There were many limitations with this program like wait periods, coverage amounts, and cost of the policy.

It's important to understand not all private flood insurance options are the same. There are admitted and non-admitted carriers in the private market. Each one of these types of policies has different requirements they follow.

The private flood insurance market still offers flood coverage that doesn't really have any maximum amount. You can definitely still get more than $250,000. Even when it comes to personal items or contents coverage, you can definitely go more than $100,000 for flood damage. That coverage also comes with the loss of useadditional living expenses, and/or replacement costs.

We've also seen a lot of homeowners coming to us for flood insurance and were able to get it in just a few days. The maximum waiting period for a flood policy from a private insurance company is only 14 days.

Alabama Faces a Potential Flood Event in 2022

What This Means for the Future

Considering that both Risk Rating 2.0 and private flood insurance companies base flood insurance rates on flood risks, this type of weather event can really add up to the things that increase your risk of flooding. This can also be a hard-hitter when it comes to flood mitigation since more risks require more efforts to lessen the flood damage on your property.

If Alabama were to get dumped by heavy rainfall more frequently, this could mean that flood insurance rates will also skyrocket in most areas especially when such rain event causes huge flooding in the area.

We're starting the Month of Arts and Hearts with such a concerning scenario, so we hope that you stay safe during this time. If you really don't need to head out, please stay at home and follow your local government's guidelines on what to do when flooding starts to happen. The thing is flooding can happen anytime.

So if you've got questions on flood insurance in Alabama, what this rain event could mean for your flood risk score, or anything related to flood insurance, click below to access our Flood Learning Center.

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As we approach our last couple of weeks for this month, we also get deeper into the storm seasons brought about the changes in the general weather across the country. We're expecting rains to come since we're already moving from the cold air brought by Winter and into the much warmer air of the following seasons.

Today, let's talk about one of the biggest threats that locals across the state of Texas are about to face: hailstorms and floodings.

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Spring Hailstorms

In the next few days, this effect will be severely felt by locals all over Texas due to the severe storms that are arriving this week. More than 30 million residents are expected to be impacted by this.

A level 4 out of 5 moderate risks for severe weather is in place for parts of West Texas. Take note that even though this is just named as "moderate risk", the impacts of this severe weather may be very devastating. This is because this generally means that there will be severe hail across these areas like Abilene, Lubbock, and can span from Colorado to Kansas as well.

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Coastal sections of Texas and Louisiana may also be experiencing this severe hail.  San Antonio, Amarillo, Denver, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Oklahoma City are also included in the threat zone for severe hail.

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Large chunks of hail across the state won't be the residents' only problem when this storm hits.

Supercells

As the moist and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico clashes with the very dry air from the Southwestern desert, this creates the storms that are threatening the state. However, other than the threat of severe hailfall, the first few hours of the formation of these storms can create supercells. Supercell known as the mature stage of thunderstorms, and just like any adult, this type of storm can move and rotate on its own.

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This very dangerous since the severity of the storm's impact can move from one place to the other. This also means that areas that aren't included in the moderate risk areas may soon be placed into it. Heavy rainfall, lightning, large hail, and very strong winds are expected to be with these supercells. When there are strong winds, there's also the threat of tornadoes.

Flood Threat

Since we're talking about storms, heavy rain, and hail, it's also expected that this weather will also bring flooding across portions of the Deep South this week. 11 million people are already under flood alerts across the state from the Dallas metroplex, the northern and central parts of Oklahoma.

Flash flooding is seen to be the biggest issue here once heavy rainfall drops in. Central Texas and the Brazos Valley may receive 5 to 7 inches of rain and this can go up to 8 to 10 inches when you go deeper into North and Central Texas.

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The Sabine River already rose to 12-feet in less than 24 hours. This is the second time this happened in less than a week. Properties near the river are also at high risk of severe flooding due to the possible overflow of water when the river crests.

It's important to note that your flood insurance can help you be protected from the damages that the possible flooding can bring to you. This is called loss avoidance and you can learn more about it through the video below:

It's important to remember that this is just the first wave of the storms that will impact the state of Texas and its nearby states as well. It's best to make sure as soon as now that you have the right protection and coverages across all your insurances.

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Remember, we have an educational background in flood mitigation. If you have any questions on this upcoming weather threat, the flood risks in your area, how your flood insurance protects you, or anything about flood, reach out to us through the links below.

You can call us, get a quote from us, and visit our YouTube website to watch our daily flood education videos. We want to help you protect the value of your property long-term and avoid flood risks through flood education and awareness.

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