How to prepare for hail and deal with the damage

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - The storms are nearing, and hail is the biggest threat to Texoma Wednesday evening.

Austin college student Holly Humphries is very protective of her car.

"I've had my car since I was 16. Now that I'm in college, I don't have a garage to put it in."

So she and friend Linzie Hadzima didn't want to take any chances. They found one of the last car covers at Walmart.

"It was literally the only one in this size," Humphries said. "It was either this one of the truck one. Even though I'm covering the windshields, I need a little something extra."

Hail is the biggest threat starting 7 p.m. Wednesday until 2 a.m.

Chief meteorologist Steve Lanore said tennis ball sized hail could fall across Texoma, along with wind gusts up to 70 miles an hour.

FEMA recommends if it hails, stop driving and try to get under cover, stay away from windows, and don't go outside for any reason.

Other locals we spotted had already used blankets and boxes to provide a layer of protection.

In an experiment a few years ago, A TCU physics professor told a Dallas TV station inflatables provide the most protection followed by air mattresses and comforters, while yoga mats had almost no protection.

"The big thing is tobe safe. Get your car covered if you can."

State farm agent Nat McClure said to make sure you know what your insurance plan is and research to find a reputable repair company.

"It's critical to find vendors with your best interest," McClure said.

Locals like Humphries say they're ready to hunker down.

"It'll be baseball-sized, so we're putting blankets and covers. We're not playing games."