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flash flood

noun
1.
a sudden and destructive rush of water down a narrow gully or over a sloping surface, caused by heavy rainfall.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40
Synonyms
See flood.
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Examples from the web for flash flood
  • There is nothing anyone can do to prevent the occurrence of flash flood producing rainfall.
  • Think of a flash flood of concrete and you get the picture.
  • If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
  • Check at the visitors center for current weather reports and flash flood potential before entering narrow canyons.
  • He held his arms up and shook them to illustrate a flash flood.
  • Within minutes and without warning, a flash flood had turned our camp into chaos.
  • People who live near streams that quickly reach flood levels should be ready to flee at the first signs of a flash flood.
  • Nearly half of all flash flood deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream.
  • Fifty percent of flash flood fatalities occur when drivers try to cross flooded washes.
British Dictionary definitions for flash flood

flash flood

noun
1.
a sudden short-lived torrent, usually caused by a heavy storm, esp in desert regions
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flash flood in Science
flash flood
  (flāsh)   
A sudden, localized flood of great volume and short duration, typically caused by unusually heavy rain in a semiarid area. Flash floods can reach their peak volume in a matter of a few minutes and often carry large loads of mud and rock fragments.
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