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Be prepared: A guide to severe weather in Fort Worth

After severe weather this week, we’re battening down the hatches for more storms later this week.

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Keep a weather eye on the horizon for more severe weather later this week.

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The weather early this week has been less than ideal with widespread power outages affecting 600,000+ residents across DFW.

Dallas county judge Clay Jenkins issued a disaster declaration as some Oncor customers could experience power outages for multiple days.

Golf ball-sized hail fell across Tarrant County + wind speeds reached up to 83 mph in North Texas, taking down trees, buildings, and power lines.

Unfortunately, it’s not over yet —more storms are on the horizon later this week. With that in mind, we thought we’d lend you an umbrella of severe weather resources and tips to keep you prepared.

Alerts

Download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app to get notifications from the City of Fort Worth.

Residents with hearing or visual impairments can also utilize the Accessible Hazard Alert System.

The National Weather Service issues alerts online, through the wireless alert and apps, on NOAA weather radio, and with outdoor sirens so you can access information however works best for you.

Power

Keep an eye on Oncor’s live tracker to report a power outage, check outage statuses, and sign up for alerts.

Shelter

Read a quick refresher on safety precautions in the event of a tornado. Pro tip: If you’re caught out in a storm, seek shelter at a local library branch or municipal building.

Post-storm clean up

Use the MyFW app to report storm damage or fallen debris. Small debris can be bundled for regular yard waste collection + larger items can be saved for bulk waste collection or disposed of at a drop-off station free of charge.

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