Severe weather safety tips from the National Weather Service

Weather officers share what to avoid when driving in bad weather and provide safety tips to follow when you are at home.

FORT WORTH, Texas – Fort Worth National Weather Service posted safety tips on Twitter ahead of the storms on Friday. In the strongest storms, large hail, noxious gusts of wind, and an isolated risk of tornados are possible.

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The NWS stressed that during a severe thunderstorm or tornado, people should never Stop under a bridge or overpass. The agency said a bridge would not provide protection from high winds. People can also cause an accident by being stopped under a bridge, the NWS said.

Weather officials also said bridges and overpasses do not protect cars from tornadic winds or debris.

In view of the potential for severe weather in our region this afternoon / evening, here are some guidelines on safety in the event of a warning and how severe weather can be reported. We look forward to all of your reports! #dfwwx #ctxwx #txwx pic.twitter.com/psGfGtPBBJ

– NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) April 23, 2021

Safety tips for severe thunderstorms

Some of the NWS Fort Worth safety tips include:

  • Find shelter in a strong, sturdy building.
  • Stay inside and away from windows.
  • Never stop under a bridge or overpass.

Safety tips during a tornado

Some tips to be sure are:

  • Move to an interior space on the lowest level of your home, e.g. B. a closet or a bathroom.
  • If possible, keep mobile homes with friends or family in a permanent building.
  • Never stop under a bridge or overpass.

Here you can expect storms near you today. Give or take and hour. Most places will see rain / storms today, but that doesn’t mean everyone will see severe storms. When you see a severe storm, the main threats are large hail and strong winds. #wfaaweather pic.twitter.com/4ka9z6ylV3

– Pete Delkus (@wfaaweather) April 23, 2021

Driving safety tips in storms

The AAA Texas also shared these safety tips that all drivers should follow in heavy rain.

  • Do not try to drive on a road that is covered in water. turn around and find an alternative route.
  • If you find yourself in a situation where your car is taking in water, exit the vehicle for a safer, higher level.
  • Do not use cruise control. You will get less traction on slippery roads.
  • Increase your next distance. They need more time to react to the traffic in the area.
  • Slow down to avoid aquaplaning. According to AAA Texas, some tires can lose contact with the road even at 35 mph.
  • If your vehicle starts to skid, stay calm. Avoid hitting the brakes. Instead, look in the direction you want your vehicle to go and steer it.

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