With heavy rainfall expected across much of North Carolina through Wednesday, including Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, the N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding motorists that the rain and potential for flash flooding can create hazardous driving conditions.
The weather system also brings potential strong winds, which could topple trees along roads.
NCDOT reminds people that avoiding driving is the best way to remain safe during heavy rainfall. 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 passenger cars, causing possible loss of control and stalling. It just takes a foot of water to carry away many vehicles, while two feet of rushing water can carry many pickups and SUVs. Most flood-related drownings occur when someone drives through standing or rushing water, and their vehicle is swept away.
To stay safe when driving in bad weather, follow these tips:
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