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Officials offer tips ahead of potential severe weather

Baton Rouge WAFB 11/29/2022 WAFB Staff
Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (Source: WAFB) © Provided by Baton Rouge WAFB Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Officials with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are urging the public to be aware of the potential for severe weather on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

SEE THE LATEST FORECAST HERE: Strong storms, locally heavy rainfall possible today and tonight

The below details were released about things to consider ahead of any storms:

  • Know the signs of a tornado. They include a rotation, a funnel-shaped cloud, an approaching cloud of debris, or a loud roar like a freight train.
  • Identify and practice going to a safe shelter such as a safe room building using FEMA criteria. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room or basement on the lowest level of a sturdy building.
  • Plan for your pet. They are an important member of your family, so they need to be included in your family’s emergency plan.

“I’m encouraging everyone to keep track of these storms and heed the advice of your local weather experts and officials,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “The tornado and damaging winds over the weekend in St. Charles Parish are an example of how dangerous storms can be this time of year. Conditions can change quickly, and it is difficult to determine exactly where potential problems will develop. In this case, much of the danger will continue into the overnight hours Tuesday when most people are asleep. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have your game plan in place to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

Transportation officials are also encouraging drivers to practice safety on roadways. They said that during wet weather, the public should use caution and even stay off the roads when possible.

If a driver does need to travel through rain, officials said a person should drive slowly and carefully. A driver should reduce speeds when visibility is low, make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles, turn lights on when using windshield wipers, and never drive through standing or running water.

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