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Laura's Likes: Severe Weather Edition

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With severe weather hitting our area recently, I wanted to share a couple products I have stumbled across recently that will definitely come in handy in situations that can arise from them.

Nightlight Flashlight

With damaging winds a strong possibility, it is likely many of us will lose power. So here is an emergency flashlight and nightlight that is good for everyday use and perfect in an emergency.

This plugs into any outlet. Use it as a nightlight in the kids’ room, in the hallway or in the bathroom.

It has a motion sensor so it goes on when someone walks by. And when it is plugged in, it is charging. They are light sensitive, so they turn off automatically during the day, and then as it gets dark, the lights turn on.

If the power goes out, this will last as a nightlight for five hours with a full charge and as a flashlight for more than two hours.

In my house, we lose our flashlights all the time. This way, keeping it plugged into the wall, you know exactly where it is. Grab it from the wall and it becomes your flashlight.

There are a lot of LED emergency nightlights out there. This one is designed to look good and blend in with the decor.

There are three LED lights in here, so it is a fairly bright nightlight.

It is $20 on

Water Sensor Alarm

Here is another one that could save you from a huge headache when your water heater starts leaking or in a storm when the sump pump stops working. This is a water sensor alarm.

It sets off a loud alarm to alert you to water leaks before they get worse. We found this alarm to be very sensitive. They didn't need to detect much moisture to set off the alarm -- just a little.

We all know how much damage water can do to a structure. An alarm like this could prevent more damage.

It is perfect for basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms or anywhere you might have a leak.

It is battery operated -- two AAA batteries.

You just place the sensor where you want it and turn it on. In an emergency, the alarm does the rest.

There are battery indicator lights to let you know when to replace them.

It is $15 and comes with a one-year warranty. You can also get it at

The company launched at this year's Consumer Electronics Show and their products have really taken off.

FOX 5 Weather App

And finally, it is always good to know when your neighborhood is in the bullseye. For that, there is no better app than the FOX 5 Weather App.

Now I know you are saying that we hear you beat the drum about the app daily and as a FOX 5 employee, of course you think your product is the best. But honestly, it is really is awesome.

But don't take my word for it. My brother-in-law Tom, who is a super weather geek, swears by it. He has waded through many weather apps, but says the radar on this weather app is better than other app-based radars and much better than some radars on popular weather websites.

And by the way, you can scan the entire country for weather flareups. So, it is great if you are traveling.

Click on any yellow markings or watch boxes and you can pull up info about any alerts in that area.

Tom also likes the alerts pushed to your phone when there are severe weather warnings. He likes the forecast portion of the app allows for a three-day or 10-day quick glance forecast or a detailed forecast for one day.

The app also has video forecasts from the FOX 5 weather team with more detailed information. When we are expecting a big storm, you can learn more about the possible impacts.

You can download it by going to the Apple app store or for the android on Google Play. Search “dc weather” and of course it's free.

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