Preparing for severe weather

With the possibility of severe weather hitting parts of Central Texas, it's important to prepare to make sure you and your family stay safe.

Officials say you should plan ahead because there's always the chance of the loss of power.

One of the ways you can prepare is to have an emergency supply kit erady. Items in the kit include:

  • Bottled water
  • Flashlights with extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Extra cash
  • Portable radio

AAA reminds people it's important to make sure proper maintenance is done on your car which includes making sure your windshield wipers, lights and tires are all working.

When driving during rainy weather always be alert on the wet roads. Never try to drive on a road covered with water. Remember the saying, "Turn around, don't drown." You can get the latest information on low water crossing closures on ATX Floods.

Experts remind people that if your vehicle does take on water to leave it and get to higher ground. Don't try to start a car that's taken on water.

When it comes to hail, obviously the best thing is to find shelter for your vehicle in a garage or covered parking. If you're driving when hail hits, slow down and pull over to the nearest covered area.

Windshields are usually strong enough to withstand hail but many times side windows are not. Experts advise to park at a gas station or a covered area nearby or you can park beside a large building and use it as a shield.

In the event of high winds and in the rare instance a tornado, make sure you have an evacuation route and shelter in place plan. The safest and strongest place is the most interior room of your home. Stay away from windows and doors.

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Severe weather possible in parts of Central Texas