Fort Worth braces for more severe weather

Another spring storm is expected to hit Fort Worth and may produce large hail and high winds.

Morning storms are expected to produce light rain that will increase in intensity throughout the day. By afternoon, new storms will develop mainly east of Interstate 35, carrying with them “large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes,” according to the National Weather Service.

“The size of the hail could range from a quarter to golf ball size, depending on if it is a strong storm,” said Juan Hernandez, meteorologist at the Dallas/Fort Worth National Weather Service Office.

“Hold off driving until the storm passes,” Hernandez said. “There is a chance if the hail breaks your windshield, it could be dangerous.”

Information about the forecast as well as storm watches or warnings can be found online.

“The most important thing is to be aware of the weather,” Hernandez said. “If you get a warning, take it seriously to avoid potentially life-threatening situations.”

Protect your car from hail

Progressive Insurance offers three tips for how to protect cars from a hail storm.

It recommends getting covered parking because it “can save you a lot of hassle and money.” If you don’t currently own covered parking, the company advises that you “find temporary shelter” somewhere like a local mall’s parking garage.

If you can’t find covered parking, the company recommends using blankets or a hail car cover. Progressive advises that people duct-tape the blankets down so they don’t blow away. This may leave sticky residue on your car but shouldn’t damage the paint.

Progressive also recommends getting comprehensive coverage, which usually covers hail damage, and rental-car coverage. It also offers specific coverage for weather and fire damage.

If none of these options work, you can always go with the classic dad suggestions of parking between two SUVs (which is only minimally effective) or praying for your car.