Stay informed during severe weather

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In the Permian Basin today, and throughout the evening, residents could see some severe weather such as damaging winds, thunder storms and hail.

With that in mind, residents should prepare accordingly. 

What to expect – Chief Meteorologist Chase Menendez:

Typically, we do not like to sound the alarm. However current conditions call for an advanced warning. Here is what you could see this evening across the Permian Basin: 

  • Large hail
  • High chance of thunder storms
  • Winds gusting up to 70 mph (Really close to EF0 tornado)
  • Tornado (Or two) is possible early evening in Northeast portion of the Basin

While most of the following safety and prepardness tips may seem like common sense, they can be vital in cases of severe weather. He are some tips to keep you safe and some items to have on hand in case of severe weather: 

Safety tips:

  • Avoid driving
  • Park under cover
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items.
  • Bring pets indoors
  • Secure lawn items
  • Stay in inner most room of home tonight.
  • Seek extra shelter if you are staying in a man camp or mobile home.

Be prepared:

  • Invest in a weather radio
  • Have water, food, flashlights, first aid kits, cell phone chargers, extra batteries etc.
  • Keep supplies in your car incase you are stranded.
  • Have a plan. Make sure you and your family know what to do and where to go during a severe storm.

Staying informed during the storm:

As we all know, weather in Texas can change in minutes. So here are a few ways you can stay informed as storms develop: 

Follow Chief Meteorologist Chase Menendez

Track current road conditions:

  • Although residents should avoid hitting the road during severe weather, if you do have to travel, be sure to keep up with the current road conditions across Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation Highway Conditions tool, allows drivers to see any and all traffic alerts that may be active during their trip.  

Visit for the latests alerts and weather updates: 

  • Weather updates will appear at the top of the homepage, providing you with the latest warnings and watches.
  • Sharing your photos with us will allow our teams to know what is going on in the area and provide more accurate accounts of weatherrelated activity. Photos can be shared on our Facebook pages, Big 2 News – KMID and KPEJ Fox 24 News.

View the interactive radar to see what is coming your way and track the storms alongside Chief Meteorologist Chase Menendez

Weather radios:

This radio is designed to listen to a radio frequency that only sends out weather information. You can program the radio to receive alerts for all counties, a few counties, or even a single county. You can even customize it to alert you to only certain types of watches and warnings. Another plus of this device is that is can run off of an AC outlet but when the power goes out, it has a battery backup. Be sure that you have the batteries installed and change them out every 6 months to ensure the radio has fresh batteries. 

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