WebXtra: East Texans prepare for potential of severe weather Friday

Published: Nov. 4, 2022 at 1:47 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 4, 2022 at 1:52 PM CDT
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In anticipation of stormy weather, East Texans were making any preparations they could.

At places like ACE hardware in Longview customers were picking up batteries, flashlights, tarps, chainsaws, anything that could come in handy in the event of power going out.

“A lot of it is going to be being prepared for the high winds. A lot of rain, trees down,” said store manager Alec James/

A priority for many is a generator.

“Generators are great when you run out of power. Obviously. Just to run those crucial appliances. Generators are a must when your power goes out,” James says.

High winds, tornadoes and snowstorms in recent years have knocked out power, leaving East Texans in familiar territory. Waiting for `crews to restore power.

“People don’t take it seriously. They think well the lights went out, they’ll be back on in a couple of hours or whatever,” said storm prepper Dean Bradshaw.

Any preparation, no matter how small, can make the difference between struggling through it or managing it.

“Make sure I have plenty of water storage, in case the electricity goes out,” Bradshaw says.

Fuel for chainsaws, generators and heating units is a must if power is out for a lengthy period of time.

“I would prepare for the long haul. You never know,” says Bradshaw.