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How to prepare your home for power outages

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Wind, ice and other weather conditions can cause power outages, leaving people without power for hours and sometimes even days. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security says people should take the time before the storm for potential power outages.

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Getting your Home and Vehicle Ready for Winter

As the cold weather moves in, getting your homes and vehicles 'witnerized' can help prevent problems, and reduce heating and maintenance costs. 

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WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS: Understand the difference between a winter weather watch and warning

As the temperature dips and the snow falls it is important to understand how to stay safe. The National Weather Service monitors conditions and will issue Warnings, Watches or Advisories based on local criteria.

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WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS: Take preventative measures to avoid winter dangers

While the weather outlook for Indiana this winter favors near to above normal temperatures and less precipitation than normal, people should still expect mild and cold periods.

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WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS: What to do when you are caught in a winter storm

If you are caught in a winter storm, there are life saving actions you can take to protect yourself.

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WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS: Is your school weather ready?

When the snow falls how do schools respond?

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WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS: Know what to do when driving through the storm

How should you drive when snow occurs? What should you do if stranded by a blizzard or ice storm? Are you weather ready?

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WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS: Build a kit for your home and car before the storm strikes

While the outlook for winter indicate odds favoring above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for Indiana, every winter carries the threat for a blizzard, major ice storm, extreme cold, extreme flooding and even tornadoes.The National Weather Service says it is always important to be prepared.

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WINTER WEATHER PREPAREDNESS: watch out for lingering dangers after the storm

After the snow and ice melt the dangers are not necessarily over. By taking some precaution you can make sure you stay safe after the storm.

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  • Chief Meteorologist

    Matt Leach

    Matt Leach

    Matt Leach is Chief Meteorologist of Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio's Weather Authority, ABC21, and a member of the National Weather Association. 

    Matt Leach is Chief Meteorologist of Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio's Weather Authority, ABC21, and a member of the National Weather Association. 

  • David Stradling

    David Stradling

    David Stradling is the morning meteorologist for ABC21 and a Fort Wayne native. 

    David Stradling is the morning meteorologist for ABC21 and a Fort Wayne native. 

  • Meteorologist

    John Burchfield

    John Burchfield

    Since he was 12, John has aspired to become an on-air meteorologist, and in high school, built a green screen in his basement to record northwest Ohio weather forecasts.

    Since he was 12, John has aspired to become an on-air meteorologist, and in high school, built a green screen in his basement to record northwest Ohio weather forecasts.

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