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Taking a Stand: Turn Around, Don't Drown

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The weather we've had this week is heading into record territory.

Tornadoes and severe storms are producing, strong winds, lightening, thunder, golf ball sized hail, heavy rain and massive flooding.

We're all ready for a break.

But there are things you can do to stay safe from the storm, like having a plan and a place to go when the rough weather strikes.

But this week, flooding is a huge concern.

Meteorologists say we're giving the Tri-State flood of 1997 a run for it's money.

And it seems some don't heed the warnings about driving into flooded areas.

We've had numerous reports of motorists being rescued on flooded Tri-State roads.

According to the national weather service, more deaths occur each year due to flooding, than from any other severe weather.

The centers for disease control report over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into flood water, or when people walk into flood waters, because they underestimate it's force and power.

Many of these drownings are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded.

Having to find a detour is inconvenient, and takes extra time out of your busy day, but the alternative can be deadly.

Being late to work or school is a small price to pay. Turn around, don't drown.

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