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Are the NWS's overnight alerts necessary?

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

 

Many people found their sleep disturbed when Flash Flood Warnings were sent out via text message. But was it really necessary in the middle of the night?

If the water-cooler talk in your office was anything like in the newsroom here, people were groggy- since their beauty sleep was interrupted.

 

Flash flood warnings were repeatedly sent out overnight as a part of the Wireless Emergency Alert System, reminding us that torrential downpour would soon be followed by rapidly rising water.

Some, weren't too happy about it.​ Others, saw it as a relief.

So does a flash flood warning really warrant an overnight alert? You might think so after hearing this!

On the long term average, floods have killed more people per year than any other weather disaster. 

Need more convincing? It only takes six inches of moving water to knock a person over, and just two feet is enough to float a car! Speaking of cars, that's exactly where nearly two thirds of flood-related deaths occur, when drivers try to maneuver through inundated roads.

And on top of that, it's incredibly costly. In 2012, over 43 million flood insurance dollars were claimed in Mississippi alone. ​

If you still don't think it's worth waking up for, you can always disable the alert on the cell phone settings. But remember, turning it off means you might wind up missing something else- like a tornado warning. When it comes to picking and choosing which warnings you want wake you up, the best bet is to check out one of the newer models of the NOAA Weather Radio.

​Otherwise, the alerts that help you rest easy might just wind up waking you up!

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