Preparing for the storm ahead: prepping your home

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Tropical storms and hurricanes can produce strong winds, tornadoes, and flooding. All of these threats can cause damage to homes and property.

Caption: Tropical storms can produce sustained winds anywhere from 39 – 73 mph. For a tropical cyclone to be classified as a hurricane, it must produce maximum sustained winds of at least 74 mph.

As Atlantic Hurricane Season approaches, it’s important to strengthen your home in order to protect it from hurricane and tropical storm winds. Here are some things to take into consideration:

  • Secure loose outdoor objects, such as outdoor furniture, grills, outdoor decorations, etc. Gusty winds can blow these items around. Not only will these winds damage loose objects, but those objects could cause further damage to other pieces of property or harm people. Bring these items inside before a storm moves in.
  • Trim tree limbs. This will help keep damage at a minimum.
  • Make sure all doors and garage doors can be secured. Dead-bolted doors are typically more secure. If a door is broken and becomes open during a storm, high winds can the house and cause damage. According to the National Weather Service, a garage door is the most vulnerable part of a home, so it must be able to withstand strong winds.

You’ll also want to find a safe location for your vehicle, like a garage. Avoid parking your car under a tree and/or near objects that may hit your car.


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