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"Just grin and bear it" East Texans prepare for storm

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - City officials are suggesting you bring in your patio furniture, tie down those Christmas decorations, and finish any last winter storm preparations possible. Saturday’s storm is expected to hit in the early morning hours, perhaps while many of you are still sleeping. Strong winds will be moving in, but East Texas Cities and residents are ready.

Clouds like those seen across East Texas Friday are nothing new to East Texans like Jim Simmons, he’s spent most of his life here and has plenty of storm stories.

“Tornado blew off the roof one time. Then had hail damage so bad it had to be replaced one time. Then had lightning directly strike the house one time where I had to have all the appliances and everything replaced,” he recalled.

Friday city officials across East Texas came together to prepare for Saturday. In Smith County a meeting was held with The Texas Division of Emergency Management.

“The emergency services, the sheriff’s department, the volunteer fire departments, making sure they’re ready to go, which, they’re ready to go right now,” Jim Seaton, The Smith County Fire Marshal, said.

In Gregg County similar talks are under way and an emergency text alert system, Code Red, is in place to update residents as they ride out the storm.

“For emergency notifications and weather alerts, and so, we really encourage all of our residents to participate in that,” Shawn Harra, with The City of Longview, said.

Officials say along with watching the sky they’ll be watching news coverage. There’s not much else to do at this point.

“Have a plan of where you’re going to seek shelter in the structure, find the strongest place, hopefully away from windows, and have a plan of where you’re going to seek shelter beforehand,” Johnny Zackary, The Longview Fire Marshal, said, “that’s important for both the work place and home.”

Take it from a guy who’s been there,”just grin and bear it,” Simmon said, “don’t try to outrun it because you can’t.”

Despite all those rainy days there’s a reason Jim still sticks around through every storm.

“Of course, we’ll help anybody that needs help, that goes without saying, you know, anybody that’s lost anything will be helped by their neighbors and other organizations that assist locally,” Simmons said.

And it looks like tomorrow will be no different. To stay updated on the latest weather alerts wherever you are, you can download the KLTV 7 weather app.

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