Severe weather preparations for West Texas

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ODESSA, TX (Big 2/ Fox 24) – Severe weather season has already made an appearance in West Texas, and experts say it’s essential for you to prepare for it. 

Last week winds tore through Reeves County RV Park, sending one woman to the hospital. The national weather service has a few requirements for severe thunderstorms winds at 58 miles per hour large hail over one-inch flooding, and of course, this could lead to a possibility of tornados. 

“The type of activity we had in Orla is called isolated supercells,” Meteorologist, Derek Sibley says. “Usually those are the most dangerous type of thunderstorms to be around. Supercell is basically a very, very intense thunderstorm that’s producing large hail damage and, of course, can produce the possibility of a tornado.”

Make sure you carry batteries to power your supplies bandages alcohol wipes all the necessities you need to prepare for severe weather. 

“Have a plan with your family if you know if there’s a tornado and know where you’re going to be with your family.,” says Cody Ritchie, Division Captain of Odessa Fire Rescue. “If something happens, know where your family is going to meet afterwards. I would say that with any type of weather.”

Although having severe weather is part of life in the Basin, the season affects West Texas. So you would need to be prepared for what’s yet to come.

“We all need to be aware of what’s going around us,” Sibley says. “So the best thing to do to make sure that you’re staying prepared no matter what, and so you always want to make sure that you have preparedness planned to kick it in action.” 

Academy Sports has weather radio for sale for this severe weather season.

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