(WFXR) — Hurricanes and tropical cyclones are massive systems that can cause significant damage after making landfall.

As these storms approach land, residents along the coastline are instructed to evacuate or to “batten down the hatches”.

These storms bring threats of flooding and catastrophic winds not only for those who live on the coastline but for that who are inland. Preparation is key to protecting yourself and your loved ones from the devastation that flooding rains can cause in western Virginia.

The topography of western Virginia can cause flash flooding and there are ways you can keep yourself safe ahead of the storm.

When the storm hits, there are several ways you can protect yourself.

Here are some tips for after the storm passes.

When there is a possibility of flooding, it is important to pay attention to the advisories, watches, and warnings. Tropical storms are notorious for dropping several inches of rain in a very short period of time, so stay safe by staying informed.