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How to prepare for severe weather

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"Definitely have a plan, and make sure your family knows what the plan is. If it's a safe meeting place or a safe place in the house to go in the case of a tornado, we do recommend they find a safe interior room to go but someplace away from windows," Bill Curnow of Lubbock's Red Cross says.

The more walls between you and the threat outside, the better.

Andrew Pritchett of the National Weather Service isn't ruling out the possibility for a tornado Sunday: "Certainly looks like a pretty enhanced threat for severe, especially with very large hail, damaging winds, and we certainly can't rule out an isolated tornado," Pritchett said.

If a tornado does hit, Curnow says to prepare your family for different situations. "If the family is separated, have a plan for how to get back together. If a storm hits while a kid is at school, they know they're not to go home, they're to go to their grandparent's house," Curnow says. "Also make sure you have a first aid kit, and know how to use it. Battery powered or crank powered."

Curnow and Pritchett both agree on one thing: "The most important thing you can do to prepare for severe weather is to have a weather radio" Curnow says.

Saturday is acting like a kind of a re-charge day from Friday's severe weather to Sunday's.

"We have a really strong storm system coming in that's going to interact with the other ingredients that were in place across our area on Friday. That's going to lead to that enhanced threat," Pritchett says.

It's that threat that has Curnow stressing the importance of preparation. The Red Cross is ready to assist if anything should happen and urge you to be alert.

"The tornado threat is definitely not zero," Curnow said. "Some of the parameters for tornados we look for are certainly there - particularly low level winds changing directions and speed with height," Pritchett says.

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